Degree Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Food Science and Human Nutrition


Nutritional Sciences (Human Nutrition)

First Advisor

Manju B Reddy


The complementary feeding period typically between 6-24 months of age is where malnutrition begins and perpetuates. This period is characterized by intake of low nutrient dense complementary foods (CFs) which is a major cause of the high prevalence of stunting and anemia in children under 5 years globally. To address this problem, several strategies including the addition of animal-source foods (ASFs), supplementation, and fortification have been used to improve nutrient density of CFs, but these strategies are often expensive, poorly regulated, unsustainable and not readily available in many food insecure settings where nutritious underutilized foods (NUFs) abound. We, therefore hypothesized that improved formulations of CFs with cheap, locally available NUFs such as edible insects could be an eminent strategy to improve infant and young child nutrition particularly during the CFP. Hence, the objectives of the studies in this dissertation were: 1) to determine the factors influencing maternal knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions about use of NUFs among Ghanaian caregivers, 2) to determine the effect of NUFs on improving nutritional status in malnourished rats, 3) to determine the nutritional composition, microbial quality, maternal sensory evaluation and willingness-to-pay for CFs produced from blends of NUFs.


Copyright Owner

Isaac Agbemafle



File Format


File Size

275 pages

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