Mr. Joseph Mwaura Waweru is currently working as a Nutrition Specialist in the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis (FSNAU) Unit of the United Nation’s Food Agriculture Organization in Somalia. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Food Nutrition and Dietetics from Egerton and Kenyatta Universities respectively. He has over five years of experience in conducting multi-sectoral assessments, surveillance and analysis mainly in nutrition, food security and livelihood in which he has accumulated vast experience and knowledge in assessment methodologies and analysis techniques including Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transition (SMART), Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) and the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) of Food security and humanitarian situation and integrated nutrition situation analysis. At FSNAU, he is also the technical focal point on infant and young child feeding (IYCF), where he has spearheaded research and studies on IYCF as well as designing of IYCF assessment tools, data analysis and interpretation protocols, in addition to the development of educational and advocacy materials that are widely used. He has written numerous technical reports, articles and papers on cross-cutting issues of nutrition and food security in referenced journals like African Journal of Food Agriculture Nutrition and Development and in international professional publications such as the Emergency Nutrition Network’s tri-annual Field Exchange publications and the Bi-annual Technical series reports of the FSNAU/FAO.
Previously, Joseph Waweru has worked at Kenyatta University as a research assistant in a successful national research project that aimed at enhancement of girls’ performance in science, mathematics and information technology. In the same institution, he was a graduate assistant in the department of Foods Nutrition and Dietetics where he was directly involved in nutrition lectures and practical sessions.
Mr. Waweru has and continues to play an active role in building the technical capacity of nutritionists in the region. He has been directly involved in training of nutritionists at Msc level from Kenyatta and Nairobi universities, reviewing of the nutrition and dietetics academic programmes at Kenyatta University, training of regional technical staff involved in the implementation of nutrition programmes from various Local and international organizations including UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR, International Medical Corps, Save the Children-UK and World Vision International. He has also attended several technical conference proceedings both regionally and internationally as a presenter/facilitator. Moreover, he has been involved in the development, piloting and review of various nutrition assessment guidelines and training manuals and he is also a journal reviewer for AJFAND, a technical peer reviewed journal.
We at AJFAND appreciate Mr Waweru’s dedication as a reviewer and wish him great success in his endevours. Ed. AJFAND
Joseph P Gweyi-Onyango,
Bsc, Msc (University of Nairobi), PhD (University of Hohenheim, Germany).
Dr. Gweyi-Onyango is a Plant nutritionist/horticulturalist with a strong focus on plant mineral stresses, particularly P and Al in humid and sub-humid agroecologies. He currently teaches Agro-Meteorology and Ecology, Advanced Olericulture, Postharvest Technology and Plant Nutrition in the Department of Agricultural Sciences, School of Agriculture and Enterprises, Kenyatta University, Kenya. Before joining Kenyatta University, Gweyi-Onyango was a Lecturer at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology - Kenya, where he taught Plant Physiology, Plant Ecology, Ecological Anatomy and Economic Botany (Bsc Students) and Biotechnology in Crop protection, Biotechnology and agricultural biodiversity and weed science (Msc.) courses. Before joining Academia, he worked with UNHCR- CARE and thereafter worked for Ministry of Agriculture (Kenya) in various capacities and left as a principal officer in charge of National Soil fertility and Agro-forestry. At the moment, Gweyi-Onyango is a member of “African vegetable group; University of Hannover, Germany”. He is affiliated to Soil Science Society of East Africa (SSSEA), Horticultural Society of Kenya (HAK) and a member of Kenya DAAD Scholars Association (KDSA) and also sits on Kenya’s Chapter on Convention on Biodiversity (Convention of Parties). Gweyi-Onyango has authored and co-authored many research publications, chapters and technical documents and his forthcoming articles will appear in the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development. Gweyi-Onyango is a collaborative researcher in a project EU-ACP; “CAPACITATE- East Africa” which is deals with marker assisted breeding. He also has additional collaborative research work and focus on application of biotechnology in targeting and identification of genes responsible for carboxylate exudation to enhance P and Al tolerance in African Indigenous vegetables and Legumes. His other are of foci are “Non-nutritional Fertigation effects as a Challenge for Improved Production and Quality in Horticulture” and “Biosolids and Heavy metals in Waste-water Irrigation (current work on Vegetable production and Impacts on Human healthy using Nairobi River water). Gweyi-Onyango is a Peer Reviewer of African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, African Journal of Horticultural Science, Journal of Human Ecology (Krepulishers) and Journal of Biodiversity (Krepulishers). He was recently invited to be member of Editorial board; Journal of Biodiversity. Gweyi-Onyango is also keen on community-based organization and is one of the directors (in charge of food security) of Imbako Public Health Organization, a non profit making NGO working in three districts in Western Province and Trans-Nzoia East district in Rift Valley; Kenya.
Dr Onyango is a very effective reviewer for AJFAND; we at AJFAND wish him success in his new position. Ed. AJFAND