Dr. Batsirai Chipurura
Qualifications: DPhil (2017), Food Science and Technology, UZ; Master of Philosophy, (2011), Food Science and Technology; BSc Special Honours in Food Science, (2004),UZ; BSc Food Science and Technology ,(2001), UZ.
Area of Specialisation: Bioactive compounds in Foods, Nutritional composition of indigenous foods, Food product development, Food toxicology
Phone: 303211 Extension 15595/15596
About the department
The Department of Food, Nutrition and Family Sciences (DFNFS) is a department in the Faculty of Science at The University of Zimbabwe.
The DFNFS has the vision of being a leading centre of academic excellence providing relevant education, training, research and development in Food, Nutrition and Family Sciences.
The DFNFS’s mission is to produce highly qualified personnel in Food, Nutrition and Family Sciences, capable of sustaining the food industry and community development.
The core business of the department is teaching, research and community service.
The department offers 2 undergraduate degrees; BSc Hons in Food Science and technology as well as BSc Hons in Nutrition Science. After completion of the programme the graduates will have a strong foundation in basic science, a sound understanding of nutrient functions, sources, and requirements, nutrition in disease processes and across the life cycle as well as knowledge in related areas such as food technology and public health. The graduates are expected to provide scientific services in the areas of food technology and public health nutrition. They also acquire diagnostic skills in identifying community / individual nutrition problems, data analysis as well as basic research skills.
Current and recent research activities
The department conducts research in various areas in product development as well as in public health nutrition. Current research projects include an investigation on novel post-harvest technologies for reducing contamination of grain by harmful fungi thus reducing aflatoxin exposure to humans, factors associated with childhood obesity in Zimbabwe, development of food products from Parinari curatellifolia and development and commercialization of yoghurt from baobab fruit.
The department is visible in the community offering diet consultation services on national nutrition and health days, consultancy to the food industry and it also represents the university on various boards and committees such as Zimbabwe Nutrition Association, Nutrition Cluster, Food Fortification taskforce, and Standards Association of Zimbabwe.
Department of Food, Nutrition & Family Science,
Building Number B060 Science Centre
University of Zimbabwe
P.O. Box MP167