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A food systems approach to understanding and supporting contributions of small pelagic fish to human diets and nutrition in Malawi

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

For many households in sub-Saharan Africa, small pelagic fish are a rich source of high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Small pelagic fish, such as Usipa (Engraulicypris sardella) in Malawi, are typically eaten whole and are recognised to offer greater nutritional value than larger fish, of which larger bones and viscera are commonly discarded. Small indigenous fish species are often the most accessible form of animal-source food, and of particular nutritional importance to poorer and more vulnerable households.
The main aim of this research is to develop an improved understanding of the contribution of Usipa to dietary adequacy and nutritional outcomes in Malawi. The ultimate objective is to provide evidence to inform policy and practice that will maximise the contribution of Usipa to human nutrition.
Research questions may include:
i. What is the impact of participation in small pelagic fish value chains on the diets and nutritional status of individuals and households?
ii. What is the role of the food environment in determining access to small indigenous fish species and influencing the adequacy of diets, with a focus on nutritionally vulnerable population groups?
iii. How can access to innovative, nutritious value-added products from small indigenous fish species that maximise nutrition and health outcomes be improved?
iv. How have policies or programmes to develop fish value chains affected the diets and nutritional status of communities accessing small indigenous fish?

For further information please contact the supervisor(s):
John Linton, Commercial Director, Natural Resources Institute
Dr Julia de Bruyn, Researcher in Nutrition, Natural Resources Institute,
Professor Emmanuel Kaunda, Director, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources /

Bursary available (subject to satisfactory performance):
Year 1: £15,009 Year 2: In line with UKRI rate Year 3: In line with UKRI rate
Scholarships are available for three years, full-time study from the date scholars first register as an MPhil/PhD student with the university. The successful candidate will receive a waiver for tuition fees for the duration of their three-year scholarship. Students may be liable for tuition fees after this period. Applicants must meet the programme entry requirements.
For additional information about the scholarship please go to:

Please read this information before making an application. Applications need to be made online via No other form of application will be considered.

All applications must include the following information. Applications not containing these documents will not be considered.
• In the first part of the application select the following: Food Science and Marketing Economics (MPhil/PhD)

• Scholarship Reference Number (Ref) – included in the personal statement section together with your personal statement as to why you are applying

• a CV including 2 referees *

• academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency *

*upload to the qualification section of the application form. Attachments need to be in PDF format.

The closing date for applications is midnight (UTC) on 28 November 2019
The scholarship must commence before 6 January 2020

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