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Prof. Henry Laswai holds a Ph.D in Food Science (Univ. of Reading, UK), MSc. in Food Science (Univ. of Reading UK), BSc. in Agriculture (Univ. of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania).  His areas of specialization and interests include Food chemistry and safety, post-harvest loss management,  food processing and presrvation, and product development of underutilized cereals, legumes, roots and tubers. He is a member of several national food and nutrition, Food and Nutrition Association of Tanzania (FONATA) (Member), AFDC 16 Cereals, Legumes and Their Products, TBS (Chairman), EAC Cereals, Legumes and Their Products, EAC (Chairman), Food Science and Nutrition Network for Africa, (Member), Faraja Trust Fund, (Board Member), National Food Fortification Alliance (Steering Committee Member), Fisheries Education and Training Agency (Board Chairman) and African Organization for Standardization (ARSO THC 02) (Chairman)
Prof Laswai is currently involved in lecturing both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the department, research projects and outreach activities. He has supervised to completion five PhDs, eighteen MSc and 6 PhDs and 3 MSc still ongoing. About 211 Undergraduate Special projects already supervised to completion. Moreover, Prof. Laswai has published more forty international journal articles, sixty seven conference papers, two chapters in books and eleven booklets and leaflets.. Contact:


i. MARIAM K. MTUNGUJA, MAYSAYA THITISAKSAKUL, KUAKOON PIYACHOMKWAN, CHARLES F. SHOEMAKER, YASINTA MUZANILLA, HENRY LASWAI, DIANE M. BECKLES (2015). Physicochemical, structural and functional properties of starch from cassava (Manihot esculenta L.) roots grown in Tanzania. Starch (In press)
ii. CHRISTERBEL NICANURU, H..S. LASWAI and D. N. SILA (2015). Effect of sun drying on nutrient content of orange fleshed sweet potato tubers used in Tanzania. Sky Journal of Food Science 4(6):91-101.
iii. MTUNGUJA, M.K, LASWAI H.S, MUZANILA Y  SINGH N.R, RANJAI A .and NDUNGURU, J.(2015). Genetic diversity study on farmer preferred cassava landraces in Tanzania usingmorphological descriptors and next generation sequencing techniques. Plant Genetic Resources (In press).
iv. MTUNGUJA, M.K., LASWAI, H.S., KANJU, E., NDUNGURU, J. and MUZANILA, Y.C. (2015). Effect of genotype and genotype environment interaction for fresh root yield, starch yield and total cyanide content in farmer preferred cassava landraces in Tanzania" Plant Genetic Resources (In press)


i. MAURICE BENNINK, THEOBALD MOSHA, HENRY LASWAI and ELIZABETH RYAN (2012). Improving Nutritional Status and CD4 Counts in HIV-Infected Children through Nutritional Support (PIII-MSU-3). 
ii. MAURICE BENNINK, THEOBALD MOSHA, HENRY LASWAI and ELIZABETH RYAN (2012), Dry Grain Pulses Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) Global Pulse Researchers Meeting. February 13 – 17, 2011.
iii. H.S. LASWAI (2014). Contribution of fish in improving nutrition and food security. National Workshop on Potential for Increased Contribution of Fish and Fisheries in Improving Food Security, 12thMarch 2014.
iv. H.S. LASWAI. (2014). Postharvest losses reduction in Tanzania: has it been given enough emphasis? AGRA/ABT Postharvest Losses Workshop, DSM, Tanzania, 3-4th April 2014.
v. H.S. LASWAI (2014). Role of livestock and dairy industry in Tanzania (2013). Tanzania Defence College, DSM, December 2014


i. MAKUNDI, R.H., MASSAWE, A.W. and LASWAI, H.S. (2006). Storage and Protection of Durable Food Crops and Their Products in Tanzania .Chapter 10 Pp185-204. In: Management of selected crop pests in Tanzania. R.H. Makundi (Editor). . ISBN 9976-1-0210-0.
ii. TREVOR WILSON, ANNE PEARSON, NICOLA BRADBEAR, ASHINI JAYASURIYA, HENRY LASWAI, LOUIS MTENGA, SARAH RICHARDS AND ROSE SMITH  (2005). Stock products- valuable and more valuable. Pp 109-126 C(hapter 7). In:  Livestock and Wealth Creation: Improving the husbandry of Animals Kept by Resource-poor People in Developing Countries.  ISBN 1-904761-32-1


i. LEKULE, F.P., SILAYO, V.C.K., SHEM, M., LASWAI, H.S., MUTAYOBA, S.K.,MPAGALILE, J.J., LASWAI, G.H., SARWATT, S.V., MAKINDARA, J.R., MBWILE, R.P., BALLEGU, W.R.W., MTUNDA, K., MALOLE, J., CHILOSA, D. and NYBORG, I. (2004):  Muhogo na viazi vitamu kwa biashara. A chapter in a monograph “Usambazaji wa Teknolojia, Juzuu namba 3: “USINDIKAJI, MASOKO na MATUMIZI ya MAZAO ya KILIMO” A monograph targeting extension officers, at various levels, in cassava and sweet potato growing areas. (Ed: V. Muhikambele, F.P. Lekule, L.D.B. Kinabo and E.K. Batamuzi). Published by TARP II-SUA Project (TS2-94, ISBN 9987-9006-3-1) pp. 26 – 47.
ii. MUHANA, M. V.C.K. SILAYO, E.L. LAZARO, H.S. LASWAI, J.J. MPAGALILE, W.R.W. BALLEGU, T.C.E. MOSHA NA R. KADIGI (2009) Teknolojia za uzalishaji wa muhogo: mahitaji na uzalishaji  bora wa muhogo, PANTIL (In press).
iii. V.C.K. SILAYO, H.S. LASWAI, E.L. LAZARO, M. MUHANA, J.J. MPAGALILE, .R.W. BALLEGU, T.C.E. MOSHA na R. KADIGI (2009). Usindikaji wa muhogo na bidhha zake kwa matumizi ya binadamu. PANTIL (In press)
i. SILAYO, V.C.K., LASWAI, H.S., MPAGALILE, J.J., BALLEGU, W.R.W., MTUNDA, K.J., CHILOSA, D.N., NYBORG, I. and MAKUNGU, P.J. (2003): Usindikaji rahisi wa muhogo: Njia ya kuongeza uhakika wa chakula na pato la kaya. A leaflet for farmers on simple cassava processing techniques. Published by TARP II-SUA  (TS2 – 63).
ii. SILAYO, V.C.K., LASWAI, H.S., MPAGALILE, J.J., BALLEGU, W.R.W., MTUNDA, K.J., CHILOSA, D.N., NYBORG, I. and MAKUNGU, P.J. (2003): Utunzaji rahisi wa viazi vitamu kwa ongezeko la uhakika wa chakula na pato la kaya. A leaflet for farmers on simple sweet potato storage techniques. Published by TARP II-SUA (TS2 – 82).

Area of Specilaization.

 Food chemistry and safety, Post-harvest loss Management,  Processing and preservation, of underutilized crops: cereals, legumes, roots and tubers