My Ph.D. research topic focus on developing and evaluating food-based dietary guidelines and a healthy eating index for Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is the second populated country in Africa suffering from different forms of malnutrition and diet-related diseases: acute and chronic undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, obesity and diet-related diseases (including type II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer). Globalization, urbanization, population grwoth, and changes in lifestyle have influence in the food system and a shift in dietary habits in Ethiopia. These changes highlight the need for consistent, simple and practical dietary guidance to enable populations to select healthy diets, prevent diet related disease and malnutrition. In addition, having a dietary guidline will support the country food system actors to set a clear goal twowards availablity, affordablity and accessiblity of healthy diet to all population.
Thus, the aim is to have a context specific, science-based, positive messages on healthy eating and lifestyles to prevent malnutrition and deit-related diseases. Prof. Dr. Edith Feskens , Dr. Jeanne de Vries and Dr. Inge Brouwer from WUR are my promoter, daily supervisor and advisor respectively.