Blog to IAFoST Fellows

Professor Nimrod Bwibo


Blog to IAFoST Fellows

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Walter E.L. Spiess
President International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST)
Postanschrift/Mailing Address:
c/o Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Institut für Bio- und Lebensmitteltechnik-
Kaiserstr. 12
 D-76131 Karlsruhe

Dear Fellows,

Joe Hulse
The Late Dr. Joe Hulse

The IUFoST community is saddened by the news that our Fellow Joe Hulse passed away at the age of 90 years. As Judith Meech stated in her obituary Dr. Hulse “was a remarkable man and great leader in the field of food science and technology both in his home country of Canada and, with great significance, in the international community. He was recognized with many awards during his career for his work in the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as a founding member of CGIAR (Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research); in Mysore, India, he was recognized for his help to establish and to partially fund the FAO - IFTTC Training Program at the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), and for his work with numerous other international organizations”.. < Our Fellow M.S. Swaminathan, Chennai, India, has dedicated a book entitled "Saving lives and Livelihoods" to Dr. Hulse. Dr. Hulse was highly active in supporting also international activities to fight hunger and malnutrition.

I personally discussed and debated with Joe, IUFoST’s potential and practical efforts in the area of Food Security, efforts which he felt should be steadily improved and expanded. Over many years he provided analytical concepts regarding the reasons for food insecurity and developed strategies for remediation and eradication of this scourge of humanity.In his book Science, Agriculture & Food Security he states “How to provide and assure sustainable food security for millions of poor rural people will persist as an awesome and obstinate enigma. Of fast growing dimensions and bewildering complexities are the food and nutritional needs of expanding urban populations. Science can provide technological means; but it cannot promise global panaceas. Those with political power and financial resources might best be guided by the essential principle of food security as it is succinctly captured in the Book of Proverbs: "Give me neither poverty nor riches; but feed me with food convenient to me" (Proverbs 30, viii).

To honor Dr. Joseph Hulse as an outstanding leader in the area of Food Science and a prominent member of the IUFoST Community, the IAFoST Executive Council has decided to dedicate the IAFoST Symposium at the 17th IUFoST World Congress in 2014 "A Vision for the Role of Food Science and Technology in Meeting Societal and Technolgical Challenges" to the memory of Dr. Joseph Hulse.

The program for the Symposium is well underway. Anne-Marie Hermansson and Peter Lillford will present the outcome of the Visioning Project. The results will then be commented on by five additional contributions from individuals bringing a viewpoint from Africa, Asia, South America, a UN Organization, and a globally active food company.

First results of the Visioning Project were presented by Anne-Marie Hermansson at our Adhering Body’s, SAAFoST. conference in South Africa. Anne-Marie and Peter have received meaningful information regarding the recognition and importance of food security, sustainability, diet and health from various governments and international organizations, including Australia, Brazil, China, the EU, South Africa and USA. The information covered strategies on Food Science Research and related fields.

The interesting facts that could be distilled from the responses are that research on food production and nutrition are high on the agenda of most countries, whereas Food Science and Technology oriented research receives much less emphasis.  These results are preliminary, and to paint a more complete and reliable picture, more information has to be acquired and evaluated. It will be interesting to see the details next August in Montreal.

The Visioning Project has received significant attention in many respects.  We hope to develop similar projects in the future and invite all Fellows to submit proposals in the months to come.
As a last topic I would like to mention that the election is now underway for new Fellows of the Academy.  You should have received your usernames and passwords to participate in the election. Please contact Judith Meech ( if you have questions or have not received your passwords.  Nomination documents also have been circulated for the 2014-2016 Academy Executive Council and Scientific Council. These elections are important events in the life of the Academy and I would like to ask all Fellows to make use of this privilege to add new expertise, recognition and prestige to the Academy. It is important that the Academy represents all facets of our global profession considering professional background, gender and country of origin.

I wish you all the best for the festive season and the New Year, both in your professional and private life after all I hope to see you next August (17-21, 2014), at the IUFoST 17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology & Expo in Montreal, Canada.

Sincerely yours

Walter Spiess
Walter Spiess


Professor Nimrod Bwibo

by Prof  Charlotte Neumann

Dr. Bwibo

Dr. Nimrod O. Bwibo, a tireless advocate for child health and wellbeing and considered the father of Pediatrics in Kenya, passed on September 28, 2013. Born in rural Kenya in 1932, Dr. Bwibo received his medical training in Uganda at Makerere University. He received a master’s degree in public health specializing in Maternal and Child Health from the University of California Berkley (USA) and training in pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco (USA) and University of Washington Seattle (USA). Further training in pediatrics was received at the University of London, Institute of Child Health and the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond street Hospital. Dr. Bwibo was a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (USA) and a Member of the Royal College of Physicians, London (Hon).

In 1971, Dr. Bwibo returned to Kenya as a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Nairobi, Faculty of Medicine in 1967. He was one of the founding members of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health there. He trained and mentored several generations of pediatricians in Kenya, an activity which he continued up to the end of his life. He was the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics from 1972-1982, Dean of the University of Nairobi Faculty of Medicine from 1973-1975, and later served as the first Principal for the College of Health Sciences from 1985-1989.

Dr. Bwibo served as a member of multiple national committees for child health and wellbeing. He was active in research and served as the Kenya principal investigator and a co-investigator in several nutrition intervention studies of maternal and child health in rural Kenya in cooperation with national colleagues and colleagues from the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Hawaii, and the University of California, Davis over several decades. His work included investigating rickets, jiggers, polio prevention, and animal source foods as a food-based approach to addressing multiple-micronutrient deficiencies and protein quality in rural African mothers and children. Dr. Bwibo has published widely in pediatric and nutrition journals in Kenya, Great Britain, and the United States.