John Msuya

MsuyaJohn Msuya is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Technology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences. He is a versatile researcher-cum-educator and consultant having spent considerable time of his three decade career in research and university teaching. With a first degree in agriculture (SUA-Tanzania), a Masters in Human Nutrition from University of Otago in New Zealand and a Doctorate in Food Economics from University of Kiel in Germany.

John Msuya combines academic and development expertise with a focus on fighting malnutrition and related consequences. Prof. Msuya’s expertise is mostly on socio-economic and political aspects of nutrition and food security, including policy issues and designing and management of nutrition improvement interventions in developing countries. He has served as a consultant and project collaborator for a number of national and international institutions including: the Government of Tanzania, UNICEF, FAO, CIDA, USAID, IDS-UK, Care International, AMREF, World Vision, Save the Children and PANITA. More recently, he has taken great interests in studying the linkage between agriculture and nutrition in addressing the so called ‘Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture’. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Selected Publications

  1. Scott Drimie, Stuart Gillespie, Paul Jere, and John Msuya: The Right to Food: HIV and Food Price Increases. HumanRights, Winter 2010, Vol. 37, No. 1 pp. 22
  2. Mduma, I., Msuya, J., Mwanri, A. N., and Yang, R.Y.: Carotenoids retention and in vitro iron bioavailability of traditional cowpea leaf dishes of rural Tanzania. International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, Early Online (1-6)  (2011)
  3. Keding, Gudrun B.; Msuya, John M.; Maass, Brigitte L.; Krawinkel, Michael B. (2011): Dietary patterns and nutritional health of women: The nutrition transition in rural Tanzania. Food and Nutrition Bulletin 32(3):218-226
  4. M.G. Umuhozariho; N.B. Shayo; J.M. Msuya and P.Y.K. Sallah (2011): Utilization of Cassava leaves as a Vegetable in Rwanda. Rwanda Journal, vol. 24 series E: Agricultural Sciences, 2011. Pp 15-27. ISSN 1014-4874
  5. Christine Ludwig; Gudrun B. Keding; John M. Msuya and Michael B. Krawinkel (2011): Introduction of Fruits and Vegetables into Children’s Diets in the Iringa Region, Tanzania. Research Letter - Journal of Tropical Pediatrics (Advance Access published July 6, 2011)
  6. Maureen J. Cheserek; Judith N. Waudo; Prisca J. Tuitoek; John M. Msuya and Joyce K. Kikafunda (2012): Nutritional Vulnerability of Older Persons Living in Urban Areas of Lake Victoria Basin in East Africa: A Cross Sectional Survey. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 31:86–96, 2012.
  7. Gudrun B. Keding & John M. Msuya & Brigitte L. Maass & Michael B. Krawinkel: Relating dietary diversity and food variety scores to vegetable production and socio-economic status of women in rural Tanzania. Springer Science+Business Media B.V. & International Society for Plant Pathology 2012. Published online 9 March 2012.
  8. Gudrun B. Keding & John M. Msuya & Brigitte L. Maass & Michael B. Krawinkel: Obesity as a public health problem among adult women in rural Tanzania: Global Health: Science and Practice, 2013 Vol 1 No. 3, pp. 359 – 371.
  9. Ntwenya JE, Kinabo J, Msuya J, Mamiro P, Majili ZS (2015): Dietary patterns and household food insecurity in rural populations of Kilosa District, Tanzania. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0126038.
  10. Kinabo J, Mamiro P, Dawkins N, Bundala N, Mwanri A, Majili Z, Jumbe T, Kulwa K, Mamiro D, Amuri N, Ngowi M and Msuya J. (2016): Food intake and dietary diversity of farming households in Morogoro region, Tanzania. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND), Vol 16 No. 4, Nov. 2016, pp. 11295 – 11309.
  11. Chipili G, Msuya J (2016): Implementation of Nutrition-sensitive Agriculture in the Central Province of Zambia. J Nutr Health Sci 3(2): 207
  12. Julia de Bruyn, Elaine Ferguson, Margaret Allman-Farinelli, Ian Darnton-Hill, Wende Maulaga, John Msuya and Robyn Alders (2016): Food composition tables in resource-poor settings: exploring current limitations and opportunities, with a focus on animal-source foods in sub-Saharan Africa. British Journal of Nutrition, 116, 1709–1719
  13. Joyce Kinabo, Akwilina W. Mwanri, Peter Mamiro, Nyamizi Bundala, Janet Picado, Kissa Kulwa, John Msuya, Julius Ntwenya, Aneth Nombo, Rehema Mzimbiri, Fatma Ally, Asha Salmini, Elizabeth Macha And Edith Cheung (2017). Infant and young child feeding practices on Unguja Island in Zanzibar, Tanzania: a ProPAN based analysis. Tanzania Journal of Health Research.  Volume 19, Number 3. pp. 1-9
  14. Teddy Frederick Mamboleo, John Mbonea Msuya and Akwilina Wendelin Mwanri (2018). Vitamin C, iron and zinc levels of selected African green leafy vegetables at different stages of maturity. African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 17(17), pp. 567-573.
  15. Ashley Sheffel, Rebecca Heidkamp, Rose Mpembeni, Peter Bujari, Jaya Gupta, Debora Niyeha, Tricia Aung, Victor Bakengesa, John Msuya, Melinda Munos, Caitlin Kennedy (2019): Understanding client and provider perspectives of antenatal care service quality: a qualitative multi-method study from Tanzania. Journal of Global Health ( Vol. 9 No. 1
  16. Julia de Bruyn, John Msuya and Elaine Ferguson (2019): Evaluating pictorial charts as a means of collecting participant-recorded data on household dietary diversity in low-literacy communities in Tanzania. British Journal of Nutrition. [accepted for publication - DOI 10.1017/S0007114519002587]