Research

Dr Kunyanga has been engaged in various projects in food sciences and nutrition mainly focusing on development of food based interventions such as food supplements and functional foods with health promoting properties that can be used to address malnutrition and hunger in Africa using locally available low cost food ingredients. These foods are developed mainly for vulnerable groups such as malnourished individuals, patients living with HIV/ AIDS and other immune compromising diseases, diabetics, obesity etc.

She is involved in analysis of nutritional components in foods, functional properties such as antioxidant activity, antidiabetic potential and antimicrobial properties of various foods that have potential to address disease of public health concern such as diabetes, cancer and obesity. Dr Kunyanga’s vision is to be at the frontier of learning and in the consequent application of the rich knowledge acquired to make a positive difference to humanity.

Interests

  • Food Microbiology and Food Fafety
  • Food Based interventions

Research Projects

  • Food Security Center, UoN,

    Food Security Center, UoN,

    Capacity building in food and nutrition security in SAGEARP (ACCPAC)

    Coordinator, Food Security Center, UoN, “Capacity building in food and nutrition security in SAGEARP (ACCPAC)” under Food Security Centre (FSC), University of Hohenheim, funded by DAAD in the University of Hohenheim, Germany.

  • Framework contract award

    Framework contract award

    Support to strengthen the competitiveness of the ACP horticultural industry by complying with SPS requirements of domestic and international markets

    Framework contract award, “Support to strengthen the competitiveness of the ACP horticultural industry by complying with SPS requirements of domestic and international markets, COLEACP Program, Ref.: AO 181083, 2019.

  • Rockefeller Foundation Project

    Rockefeller Foundation Project

    Strengthening African Food Processors (SAP) to Reduce Food Losses

    Co-investigator, Rockefeller Foundation Project: Strengthening African Food Processors (SAP) to Reduce Food Losses in collaboration with University of Nairobi and Purdue University, USA, 2018.

  • Concern Worldwide Project

    Concern Worldwide Project

    Data analysis and development of nutrition profiles for Marsabit county

    Project director, “Data analysis and development of nutrition profiles for Marsabit county” under Concern Worldwide October- November, 2018.

  • National Research Fund (NRF) Multidisciplinary Research Grant

    National Research Fund (NRF) Multidisciplinary Research Grant

    Adaptation and Upscaling of tested and applicable postharvest technologies for smallholder horticultural farmers to reduce postharvest losses

    Co-investigator, “Adaptation and Upscaling of tested and applicable postharvest technologies for smallholder horticultural farmers to reduce postharvest losses” National Research Fund (NRF) Multidisciplinary Research Grant, 2017.

  • National Research Fund (NRF) Multidisciplinary Research Grant

    National Research Fund (NRF) Multidisciplinary Research Grant

    Adaptation and Upscaling of tested and applicable postharvest technologies for smallholder horticultural farmers to reduce postharvest losses

    Co-investigator, “Adaptation and Upscaling of tested and applicable postharvest technologies for smallholder horticultural farmers to reduce postharvest losses” National Research Fund (NRF) Multidisciplinary Research Grant, 2017.

  • YieldWise Project

    YieldWise Project

    Establishment of Aggregation Centers for Smallholder Horticultural Farmers

    Co-Investigator on “Establishment of Aggregation Centers for Smallholder Horticultural Farmers in YieldWise Project and Organization of the 1st All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition sponsored by Rockefeller Foundation, 2016”

  • Feed the Future Kenya Livestock Market Systems

    Feed the Future Kenya Livestock Market Systems

    Baseline Evaluation Study in Marsabit

    Principal researcher: Baseline Evaluation Study in Marsabit, Turkana, Isiolo, Wajir and Garissa for the Feed the Future Kenya Livestock Market Systems under ACDI VOCA, Mercy Corps, Smart Regional Consultants (SRC) and BOMA Program, USAID, 2018. Baseline evaluation on livestock market systems, nutrition and health impacts, food and nutrition security, gender, youth and women, conflict management, disaster management and rangeland management.

  • Kenya Semi- Arid Livestock Enhancement Support Project

    Kenya Semi- Arid Livestock Enhancement Support Project

    Enhancing the Processing Techniques, Marketing and Financial Management Skills of Livestock Enterprises in Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui Counties

    Project director, “Enhancing the Processing Techniques, Marketing and Financial Management Skills of Livestock Enterprises in Meru,  Tharaka Nithi, Kitui  Counties” under the Kenya Semi- Arid Livestock Enhancement Support Project (K-SALES) under Land O’ Lakes sponsored by USDA.

  • Promoting dietary fibre intake in Africa and Europe

    Promoting dietary fibre intake in Africa and Europe

    Tailored fermentation for delivery of wholegrain and cereal fibre-rich products

    Co-investigator, Tailored fermentation for delivery of wholegrain and cereal fibre-rich products:- Promoting dietary fibre intake in Africa and Europe –(FIBRE – PRO)” Era Africa under the European Commission, part of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities under the funding scheme of “Collaborative Project”, ERAfrica-ERAFRICA_IC-025; FIBRE-PRO.

  • Meat Value Chain in the RELOAD Project

    Meat Value Chain in the RELOAD Project

    Reduction of losses and value addition by strengthening small and medium enterprises in food processing to sustain value chains in East African postharvest systems

    Sub-project coordinator and WP 3b leader, Meat Value Chain in the RELOAD Project “Reduction of losses and value addition by strengthening small and medium enterprises in food processing to sustain value chains in East African postharvest systems” sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education, Germany.

  • PREPARE-BSc Project

    PREPARE-BSc Project

    Enhancing the Quality of graduates of agriculture to meet tomorrow’s food security challenge

    Co-investigator: Enhancing the Quality of graduates of agriculture to meet tomorrow’s food security challenge (PREPARE-BSc) funded under the ACP-EU Co-operation Programme in Higher Education (EDULINK II) -Reference: EuropeAid/132023/D/ACT/ACPTPS. 2013 – 2015.

  • Dean Grant Project

    Dean Grant Project

    Contribution of Cleome Gynandra (Cat’s whiskers) to food, nutrition and income for rural populations

    Co-investigator: Contribution of Cleome Gynandra (Cat’s whiskers) to food, nutrition and income for rural populations under the Dean’s Grant 2011/2012 NO. 500-655-665.

  • Technology and Innovations (ST&I) Project

    Technology and Innovations (ST&I) Project

    Strategies to reduce mycotoxin levels in maize during storage

    Co-investigator: Strategies to reduce mycotoxin levels in maize during storage funded by the National Council for Science & Technology and Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology under the Science, Technology and Innovations (ST&I) grant for Women Scientists/ Researchers (2010-2011)

  • PhD research study

    PhD research study

    Nutritional Value and Functional Properties of Bioactive Compounds in Supplementary Food Developed from Selected Local Food Ingredients

    Principal Investigator: Nutritional Value and Functional Properties of Bioactive Compounds in Supplementary Food Developed from Selected Local Food Ingredients, a PhD research study sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Services DAAD), 2008-2011.

Research Projects

  • Cassava Processing Project

    Cassava Processing Project

    Improving the Quality and Nutritional Status of “Gari” through the use of Starter Cultures and Fortification with soybean, palm oil and coconut milk.

    Research assistant: Improving the Quality and Nutritional Status of “Gari” through the use of Starter Cultures and Fortification with soybean, palm oil and coconut milk; Training of Kaloleni women group on cassava processing, a European Commission sponsored project INCO-DEV) “GARISECURE” on Technological and Nutritional improvement of Gari, a lactic fermented cassava-based product.

  • COLEACP Program

    COLEACP Program

    Award for Support to strengthen the competitiveness of the ACP horticultural industry

    Award for Support to strengthen the competitiveness of the ACP horticultural industry through technical assistance and training in food safety under the Fit for Market’ COLEACP Program for Lot 2: Geographical area 2, Ref.: Tender 16001-lot 2, 2017.

  • TRAQUE Programme

    TRAQUE Programme

    Training in Risk Analysis for FDA

    Project director on “Training in Risk Analysis for FDA project under the TRAQUE Programme” to enhance FDA capacity to regulate food and drugs held on 19th to 30th January, 2015. REF: FDA/TRAQU E/014/09

  • ACP’ Program

    ACP’ Program

    Delivery of Training Package 4 on Risk assessment

    Researcher: Delivery of Training Package 4 on Risk assessment from the 20th to the 24th of October 2014 in Gaborone, Botswana under the Safe Food in ACP ‘Des Aliments Súrs en ACP’ Program funded by the EU, UN programme Finance Parl’ue (EDES). Consultancy under Cardno Emerging Markets East Africa Ltd, (REF: EDES 130318/AO/ACP)

  • Solidaridad Project

    Solidaridad Project

    Research on Food Safety for Fruits and Vegetables

    Principal researcher: Research on Food Safety for Fruits and Vegetables Sold in Domestic Markets for Solidaridad Eastern & Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC), Solidaridad project number H&F/2013/PDC/Cathy Safe Foods Consultants.

  • Nobel Enterprises Limited Project

    Nobel Enterprises Limited Project

    Development of a Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food

    Principal researcher: Development of a Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food and training in Food safety for Nobel Enterprises Limited, Nairobi.

  • Solar Drier Project

    Solar Drier Project

    Installation and fabrication of a solar tunnel dryer

    Principal researcher: Installation and fabrication of a solar tunnel dryer in Mitunguu, Meru County for SunGold Foods Limited.

  • SunGold Foods Limited Project

    SunGold Foods Limited Project

    Product Development and nutritional analysis of dehydrated mangoes

    Principal researcher: Product Development and nutritional analysis of dehydrated mangoes and bananas by solar drying for SunGold Foods Limited.

  • SunGold Foods Limited Project

    SunGold Foods Limited Project

    Design and layout for a fruit processing plant

    Principal researcher: Design and layout for a fruit processing plant in Mitunguu, Meru County for .

  • African Conservation (ACC) Project

    African Conservation (ACC) Project

    Preservation and Shelf Life Analysis of Opuntia Cactus fruit syrup

    Principal investigator: Preservation and Shelf Life Analysis of Opuntia Cactus fruit syrup: training of Twala women group on product technologies in Laikipia Kenya, a project sponsored by the African Conservation (ACC).

  • African Conservation Centre (ACC) Nutrition Project

    African Conservation Centre (ACC) Nutrition Project

    Nutritional Analysis and Chemical Composition of Opuntia Cactus

    Principal investigator: Nutritional Analysis and Chemical Composition of Opuntia Cactus Pear Fruits, a project sponsored by the African Conservation Centre (ACC).

  • Post harvest Technologies Project

    Post harvest Technologies Project

    Transfer of Postharvest handling technologies for fresh produce

    Co-researcher: Transfer of Postharvest handling technologies for fresh produce to rural communities in Kenya and particularly Machakos and Makueni Counties.

  • SMEs and rural communities Project

    SMEs and rural communities Project

    Design and fabrication of solar dryers

    Researcher: Design and fabrication of solar dryers particularly the tunnel and green house solar dryers for SMEs and rural communities.

  • Value addition through Agro-processing

    Value addition through Agro-processing

    Training personnel of Ministry of Agriculture

    Principal investigator: Training personnel of Ministry of Agriculture: Value addition through agro-processing through Kenya Agriculture research Institute (KARI).

  • Cotonou Project

    Cotonou Project

    CTA on Information and communication Management strategies

    Researcher: CTA on Information and communication Management strategies of small-scale agro- business enterprises in Africa held in Cotonou, Benin in February, 2006.

  • ICRISAT Project

    ICRISAT Project

    proof-reading and editing of scientific papers

    Researcher for ICRISAT: proof-reading and editing of scientific papers on research carried out in the Limpompo Water Basin in Zimbambwe.

  • An MSc. research Project

    An MSc. research Project

    Microbiological Studies of Kirario, an indigenous Kenyan Fermented Porridge Based on Green Maize and Millet/Sorghum

    Principal Investigator: Microbiological Studies of Kirario, an indigenous Kenyan Fermented Porridge Based on Green Maize and Millet/Sorghum. An MSc. research Project Sponsored by the University of Nairobi, 2004-2006.