Kissa Kulwa

Name: Kissa Kulwa, BSc., MSc., PhDKissa

Title: Senior Lecturer and Head of Department (2017-2020)

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Areas of expertise: Human Nutrition, Consumer Behaviour and Education


Dr. Kissa Kulwa is a senior lecturer with over 15 years experience in academic teaching, research, consultancy and outreach in the fields of human nutrition and consumer sciences in Tanzania. She holds a BSc. Home Economics and Human Nutrition (Sokoine University of Agriculture), MSc. Applied Human Nutrition (University of Nairobi, Kenya) and a PhD Applied Biological Sciences (Ghent University, Belgium).

Her research interests include nutrition and health of infants, young children, school children and adolescents; formulation and acceptability of complementary foods; micronutrient nutrition; consumer behaviour and communication; nutritional assessment; and design, implementation and evaluation of nutrition interventions. She has participated in research teams to conduct household surveys; test validity of survey tools; design, and implement food consumption and nutrition anthropological studies; anthropometric assessments; and evaluate impact and process of nutrition interventions.

She has co-authored research on infant and child nutrition, micronutrient nutrition, nutritional quality of street foods, urban food insecurity and nutrition, policy mapping for nutrition, soybean processing and utilisation, soil elements and nutritional quality of staple foods. She has published articles on iodine nutrition, child care and nutrition, obesity, quality of street foods, and soybean consumption. Dr. Kulwa has authored educational and training manuals on infant and young child nutrition and health for mothers and village health workers in rural Tanzania. Some of the research studies were funded by Schlumberger Foundation’s Faculty for the Future Programme (, Belgian Development Agency (, Nestlé Foundation for the Study of Problems of Nutrition in the World (, Nutrition Third World (

Selected publications

  1. Kinabo, J., Mwanri, A.W., Mamiro, P., Bundala, N., Picado, J., Kulwa, K., Msuya, J., Ntwenya, J., Nombo, A., Mzimbiri, R., Ally, F., Salmini, A., Macha, E., and Cheung, E. 2017. Infant and young child feeding practices on Unguja Island in Zanzibar, Tanzania: a ProPAN based analysis. Tanzania Journal of Health Research 19 (3): 5
  2. Kulwa, K.B.M. Dietary strategies to improve feeding practices, dietary adequacy and growth of infants and young children in rural Tanzania. Ghent University, Belgium.
  3. Kulwa, K.B.M., Mamiro, P.S., Kimanya, M.E., Mziray, R., Kolsteren, P.W. (2015). Feeding practices and nutrient content of complementary meals in rural central Tanzania: implications for dietary adequacy and nutritional status. BMC Pediatrics 15:171
  4. Kulwa, K.B.M., Verstraeten, R., Bouckaert, K.P., Mamiro, P.S., Kolsteren, P.W., Lachat, C. (2014). Effectiveness of a nutrition education package in improving feeding practices, dietary adequacy and growth of infants and young children in rural Tanzania: rationale, design and methods of a cluster randomised trial. BMC Public Health 14:1077.
  5. Kulwa, K.B.M., Donati, G. L., and Makori, N. (2008). Iodine status of school-children (8 – 10 years) and associated factors in Arumeru District, Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Agricultural Science 8(2): 123-134.
  6. Kulwa, K.B.M., Kinabo, J., and Modest, B. (2006). Constraints to good child care practices and nutritional status in urban Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Food and Nutrition Bulletin 27 (3): 236-244.

Completed projects

  1. Effectiveness of a nutrition package in improving growth of rural children (6-23 months) in rural Tanzania: a cluster randomised trial
  2. Development of an in-service training programme for nutrition officers at district and regional level in mainland Tanzania
  3. Policy Mapping for Nutrition in Tanzania
  4. Diversification of processing and utilization of cassava products through development of fortified soybean/cowpea based products for enhancement of nutrition and safety qualities
  5. Assessment of the nature and underlying causes of urban food insecurity and malnutrition in Tanzania
  6. Improving the nutritional quality of street foods to better meet the micronutrient needs of urban populations in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.