Dr. Mwangi, currently lecturer and Head of the Applied Nutrition Programme Unit, is a Doctor of Human Nutrition and Biotechnology from Wageningen University, Netherlands, and has a Master of Science Degree in Applied Human Nutrition, University of Nairobi. She is also an alumnus of the African Nutrition Leadership Training Programme (ANLP), a member of the African Nutrition Society (ANS) and an elected council member of the Kenya Nutritionists and Dieticians Institute.



Macharia-Mutie, CW, Moretti D, den Briel VN, Omusundi AM, Mwangi AM, Kok FJ, Zimmerman MB, Brouwer ID.  2012.  Maize porridge enriched with a micronutrient powder containing low-dose iron as NaFeEDTA but not amaranth grain flour reduces anemia and iron deficiency in Kenyan pre-school children. Journal of Nutrition . 142:1756-1763.


Macharia-Mutie, CW, Moreno-Londono AM, den Wiel VAM, Mwangi AM, Brouwer ID.  2011.  Sensory Acceptability and Factors Predicting the Consumption of Grain Amaranth in Kenya. Ecology of Food & Nutrition . 50(5):375-392.


Foeken, D, Owuor SO, Mwangi AM.  2010.  Urban School Farming to Improve School Feeding: The Case of Nakuru Town, Kenya. Children, Youth and Environments . 20(1):276-300.
Macharia-Mutie, CW, Brouwer ID, Mwangi AM, Kok FJ.  2010.  Complementary Feeding Practices and Dietary Intake among Children 12-23 months in Mwingi District Kenya. Int. J. Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health . 3(1):45-56.


Oiyeh, SO, Mwangi AM, Imungi JK, Sehmi JJ.  2009.  Triple simultaneous stabilizing action of rosemary spice (Rosemarinum officinalis L.) in full-fat soya Based flour rich in protein and ß-carotene. African Journal of Food Science. 3(5):125-130.
Foeken, D, Owuor SO, Mwangi AM.  2009.  Coping with Increasing Food Prices in Nakuru, Kenya: Urban school farming as a way to make school lunches affordable. Urban Agriculture Magazine . 22:31-33.


Kogi-Makau, W;, Mwangi AM;, Mwikya SM;, Ngala S;, Sehmi JK;, Obudho E;, Mugo J.  2006.  The Joy and Challenges of Capacity Building for Better Nutrition in Africa.. Abstract

partners to recognize the need for tangible support in capacity building at institutions of higher learning for better nutrition in Africa. Objective: To articulate the experience of capacity building in nutrition in Africa using the Applied Nutrition Programme of University of Nairobi as a case. Design: Case study. Setting: Applied Nutrition Programme, Department of Food Technology and Nutrition University of Nairobi, Kenya The Experiences: In response to lack of critical mass of qualified nutrition professionals for effective mainstreaming of nutrition at community and national levels in Africa, the Applied Nutrition Programme of the University of Nairobi, since 1985, has been providing sound nutrition training at postgraduate degree level, to international students; mainly from Africa and with some from New Zealand, Sweden and Brazil. The Programme also conducts capacity building in form of short courses for Government Ministries, development partners and communities and will be launching a BSc degree programme in nutrition and dietetics this year (2005). The capacity building venture has helped integrate regional indigenous nutrition knowledge and local technologies with mainstream nutrition training, producing graduates who know both their subject and field. The Programme has expanded into nutrition in emergencies, interventions, dietetics, food as a human rights and nutrition policy, inline with its goal of contributing to regional development. Lack of consistent long-term funding is a major challenge. Others include the rigid nature of donor funding, increasing competition for students and delay, though in the phase-out, in timely completion of the degree programme. Conclusion: There is adequate demand for training and the Programme has the potential to meet a substantial portion especially if provided with the necessary support. The Programme is flexible and vibrant in keeping with the dynamism that nutrition, health and development challenges require. There is a need to define and impart a critical portion of nutritional knowledge to all working in development in Africa. Recommendations: The nutrition fraternity must define a package of critical nutrition knowledge for developmental communication, increase opportunities for training and lobby for responsive policy and partnership environment that supports all aspects of capacity building including technical, infrastructure, information communication technology, equipment and scholarships either in form of direct funding or through commissioned assignments.


Mwangi, AM, den Hartog AP, Mwadime RKM, van Staveren WA, Foeken DWJ.  2002.  Do street food vendors sell a sufficient variety of foods for a healthy diet? The case of Nairobi Food and Nutrition Bulletin. 23(1):48-56.: Internat. Rev. Hydrobiol. 89 (2004) 188Website


MBOGANIE, DRMWANGIALICE.  2001.  The role of street foods in the dietary pattern of two low-income groups in Nairobi. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 55:562-570.: Internat. Rev. Hydrobiol. 89 (2004) 188Website
Mwangi, AM, den Hartog AP, Foeken DWJ, van't Riet H, Mwadime RKM, w.A. van Staveren.  2001.  The ecology of street foods in Nairobi. Ecology of Food and Nutrition. 40:497-523.: Internat. Rev. Hydrobiol. 89 (2004) 188Website


MBOGANIE, DRMWANGIALICE.  2000.  DWJ Foeken and AM Mwangi, 2000. . Hydrobiologia 316: 225-237.. : Internat. Rev. Hydrobiol. 89 (2004) 188


MBOGANIE, DRMWANGIALICE.  1998.  DWJ Foeken and AM Mwangi, 1998. . Hydrobiologia 316: 225-237.. : Internat. Rev. Hydrobiol. 89 (2004) 188


Foeken, DWJ.  1996.  Urban Agriculture, Food Security And Nutrition In Low Income Areas Of The City Of Nairobi, Kenya. AbstractWebsite

This article considers the extent to which farming activities undertaken by low-income dwellers in Nairobi, Kenya, play a role in the food security and nutritional status of the households involved. It compares three low-income groups - two in Korogocho, viz. those who practise urban agriculture and those who do not, and one in the Kitui-Kanuku-Kinyago area, viz. households involved in the Undugu Society Urban Agriculture Project (USUAP). The questionnaire results indicate that those who farmed produced mainly for home consumption. The major problem urban farmers faced was theft. The food situation of the USUAP farming group was generally better than that of the two Korogocho groups. In all three groups, purchased food formed by far the most important food source. On average, all three groups had inadequate energy intake. However, the energy and protein intakes in the USUAP group were higher than in the other two groups. The USUAP group purchased more food, a fact related to their higher level of welfare as a result of benefits derived from income-generating activities and a shelter improvement project that came along with the urban agriculture project. Measures of nutritional health for young children showed a similar pattern in favor of the farming groups, albeit to a lesser extent. The long-term beneficial effect on nutritional status, however, was negligible. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French

MBOGANIE, DRMWANGIALICE.  1996.  AM Mwangi and DWJ Foeken, 1996. . Hydrobiologia 316: 225-237.. : Internat. Rev. Hydrobiol. 89 (2004) 188


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