ISABB Journal of
Food and Agricultural Sciences

  • Abbreviation: ISABB. J. Food and Agric. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1937-3244
  • DOI: 10.5897/ISABB-JFAS
  • Start Year: 2011
  • Published Articles: 38


Consequences of COVID 19 measures on food systems: The case of Senegal and Uganda

June 2022

The Covid 19 pandemic has not yet yielded enough documentations on food security in Africa. This article aims to take stock of the situation of food systems, based on information relayed by international institutions and official authorities in two countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Senegal and Uganda. The information from articles and reports of international organizations made it possible to draw up a nuanced...

Author(s): Fall Abdoulaye Fofana, Ndiaye Abibatou, Owasa Abbo Hellen and Ssekandi Joseph

Identification of traditional weaning foods and their processing methods in the Northeast District of Botswana

July 2021

Weaning is an important milestone in a baby’s life and weaning practices are strongly associated with culture of a society. The use of traditional foods is important since they contain vital nutrients and essential vitamins important for the proper maintenance of human health, especially for children who are often vulnerable to malnutrition and diseases. The focus of this study was to identify traditional weaning...

Author(s): Sarah Tshepho Pona Matenge and Goabaone Nancy Bareetseng

Prevalence and impacts of fall army worms (Spodoptera frugiperda) on maize (Zea mays) production and productivity in Ethiopia

July 2021

Maize is a key determinant of food security, mainly grown as subsistence in Ethiopia. It was introduced to Ethiopia in 1600’s from Mexico. Food security of Ethiopia is threatened from time to time due to crop diseases and pests. One of these is fall armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda, J.E Smith; lepdoptera, Noctudea), which is a recently arrived American origin insect pest. As best contributor of Ethiopian economy...

Author(s): Atnafu Wondimu, Beyene Petros, Zemede Asfaw and Yitbarek Woldehawariat  

Homestead vegetable gardening as a source of calorie supplement at Ishurdi Upazila, Bangladesh

February 2021

The present study was conducted at Ishurdi Upazila under Pabna district, Bangladesh during 2018 to investigate the homestead vegetable production and its impact on calorie supplement as rural farm family nutrition. A total of 90 farm household heads were randomly selected as respondent for the present study from randomly selected three villages of the Upazila. Data were collected through pre-tested interview schedule....

Author(s): S. M. R. Karim, M. M. Ahmed, A. Ansari, M. Khatun, T. B. Kamal and M. S. I. Afrad

Local perception, effect and coping mechanism of food aid and determinants of dependency syndrome: The case of Raya Azebo Woreda, Southern Tigray, Ethiopia

February 2021

The aim of this work is to analyze the effect of local level perceptions, socio-economic effects and coping mechanisms of food aid and determinants of dependency syndrome of HHs in Raya Azebo Woreda. Questionnaires, interviews, and FGD data collection tools were employed. To identify determinant factors of dependency syndrome, a probit model has been employed. The probit regression result showed that four out of eleven...

Author(s): Tewedaj Kahsay, Abebe Lemma and Zinabu Marsie

Occurrence of aflatoxin in the kernels of Irvingia gabonensis (Aubry – Lecomte ex O’ Rorke) Baill sold in parts of Nigeria

October 2020

A food safety surveillance study was conducted on the kernels of Irvingia gabonensis sold in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. The aim was to ascertain the biosafety of the staple soup thickener. The study was conducted for three years between the months of June and October 2016 and 2018. It screened for the presence of aflatoxin and the associated mycoflora, using standard laboratory methods. The result showed the...

Author(s): DURU Christopher Maduabuchi, MBATA Theodore Ikechukwu, OSIKWE Azuka Keziah, UKOMA Augustina Adamma and AJURUCHI Vivian Chioma

Analysis of cassava production and processing by various groups in support of cassava value chain in the south west of Nigeria

January 2020

The study aimed to analyse cassava production and processing in the 5 highest cassava producing states in the south west of Nigeria. A multistage sampling procedure was used to select 136 smallholder farmers producing cassava in the study area. Primary data were collected using a structured questionnaire and an interview schedule while the data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Findings...

Author(s): Ola Ogunyinka and Adedayo Oguntuase  

Analysis of fish market chain for Lake Zeway, Central Ethiopia

January 2020

Although fish is economically and socially important, its marketing chain and their characteristics have not yet been studied and analyzed for Lake Zeway, Central Ethiopia, where great potential of fish production exists. The study was initiated to investigate the fish marketing chain in this area. This was done by identifying the marketing channels of fish and the major factors influencing its market supply. Data were...

Author(s): Yonas Mebrate and Aemro Worku  

Value chain analysis of potato: The Case of South Achefer and Jabi Tehinan districts of West Gojam Zone, Ethiopia

December 2018

The study was conducted in South Achefer and Jabi Tehinan districts for mapping, identifying actors and analyzing constraints and opportunities of potato value chain. Simple random sampling technique was used to select producers (100), traders (70), and end consumers (40). Quantitative and qualitative data were collected from primary and secondary sources. Hence, qualitative and quantitative data were analyzed through...

Author(s): Wondim Awoke and Desselgn Molla  

Influence of seed size on the germination of four cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L) Walp) varieties

June 2018

A study was conducted to investigate how seed size affects germination and vigor of cowpea seeds. Four cowpea varieties, (Asontem, Nhyira, Soronko and Tona), were obtained from Crops Research Institute of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-CRI). The seeds were grouped in two sizes (large and small), by manually sorting by length, width and thousand seeds weight. Laboratory experiments were carried...

Author(s): Nataline S. Baysah, Nana S. Olympio and James Y. Asibuo

Fungi associated with black rot disease of pineapple (Ananas comosus L.) fruits and the effects of the disease on nutritional value of the fruits

March 2018

Pineapple (Ananas comosus L.) is one of the most important crops grown in Africa. The fruit is consumed fresh by many people and hence, source of essential mineral elements, nutrients and vitamins. This study was conducted to investigate the fungi associated with black rot disease of pineapple fruits and the effect of the disease on nutritional value of the fruits. The fungi isolated from black rot pineapple fruits got...

Author(s): Thelma ONIAH and Festus Olakunle TAWOSE

Effect of red beetroot (Beta vulgaris L.) intake on the level of some hematological tests in a group of female volunteers

February 2018

The plant kingdom constitutes a source of new chemical compounds which may be important owing to their potential use in medicine and other applications. This study discussed the effect of taking 8 g of beetroot (Beta vulgaris L.) for 20 days on the blood samples of female volunteers where the hemoglobin levels before and after the study was recorded. The results showed mild increase in hemoglobin readings, decrease in...

Author(s): Nora M. Al-aboud  

Striga infestation and its interaction to density of sorghum, basic chemical and physical properties of the soil across Tigray Region, Northern Ethiopia

January 2018

In Ethiopia, sorghum is the major crop next to teff grown all over the country. Though the productivity of sorghum has increased in the last few years, the overall national productivity of sorghum is low (2.106 t/ha) compared to the average production of 2.3 t/ha of developed countries. The low productivity of sorghum is attributed mainly to infestation by Striga. The annual yield loss and geographic distribution of...

Author(s): Atsbha Gebreslasie, Taye Tessema, Ibrahim Hamza and Demeke Nigussie

Evaluation of solar dryers on drying and sensory properties of salted Tilapia filets, Tigray, Northern Ethiopia

November 2017

Solar dryers are used to preserve very perishable foods like fish for long period of time by lowering the moisture content in high temperature areas and contribute to fish postharvest loss reduction. Therefore this study was conducted to evaluate dryers on moisture loss, moisture contents, drying and sensory properties of salted tilapia fillets. The experiment consisted of a factorial design, two factors with two levels...

Author(s): Haftom Zebib, Tsegay Teame and Tesfay Meresa

Influence of harvesting and postharvest processing methods on the quality of Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica L.) in Eastern Ethiopia

January 2017

Eastern Ethiopia is among the regions naturally known for producing the best quality Hararghe specialty coffee. However, due to poor pre-and post-harvest handling practices, the quality of its coffee is below level of its inherent quality characteristics. Therefore, this study was conducted to evaluate different harvesting and postharvest handling methods on the inherent quality of Hararghe coffee. The experiment was...

Author(s): Mohammedsani Amin Ameyu

Effect of boiling, pressure cooking and germination on the nutritional and antinutrients content of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata)

October 2016

The study was conducted to investigate the effect of boiling, pressure cooking and germination on the proximate, nutrients, amino acids and anti-nutrients content of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata). The results showed that the germinated cowpeas (GMC) had the highest value of crude protein (22.89%), crude fat (3.81%) and crude fibre (2.10%) followed by raw cowpeas (RWC) and pressure cooked cowpeas (PCC) while boiled cowpeas...

Author(s): Omenna E. C., Olanipekun O. T. and Kolade R. O.

Evaluation of the performance of laying hens placed on drinking water fortified with waterleaf (Talinum triangulare (Jacq.) Willd) aqueous extract

July 2015

This study was carried out to evaluate the effect of waterleaf (Talinum triangulare (Jacq.) Willd) aqueous extract on the performance of laying hens. This study was arranged in a completely randomized design with five treatments (T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5) with 0, 50, 100, 150 and 200 ml of waterleaf aqueous extract (WAE), respectively in their drinking water. Forty (40) Nera black hens at 24 weeks of age were randomly...

Author(s): Sanda M. E. and Oyinane, S. I.

Yield and nutrient uptake of wheat (Triticumaestivum L) as influenced by different levels of nitrogen and foliar spray of nutrient mixture

June 2015

A field experiment was conducted to study the “Yield and nutrient uptake of wheat (Triticumaestivum L) as influenced by different levels of nitrogen and foliar spray of nutrient mixture” during rabi2007-2008 and 2008-2009 at Crop Research Farm, Department of Agronomy, Allahabad Agricultural Institute-Deemed University Allahabad- India. The results show that highest grain and straw yield and nutrient content...

Author(s): Latief Ahmad, N. A. Dar, and Mohd.Kaleem

Microbiological assessment of meat contact surfaces at abattoir and retail houses in Jigjiga town, Somali National Regional State of Ethiopia

April 2015

This study was conducted to determine the microbiological quality and hygienic levels of meat contact surfaces at abattoir and retail houses in Jigjiga town, Ethiopia. A total of ninety pooled swab samples were taken from abattoir floor surface, butchers’ hands, hooks and knives and cutting boards to assess the presence and load of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, aerobic...

Author(s): Henok Ayalew, Amare Berhanu, Berhanu Sibhat and Biresaw Serda

Effect of weed interference period on yield of transplanted tomato (Lycopersicon Esculentum M.) in Guder West Shewa-Oromia, Ethiopia

April 2015

A field experiment was conducted for two consecutive cropping seasons (2013 and 2014) to estimate effect of weed interference period on transplanted tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum M.) in Guder West Shewa, Ethiopia. The experiment consisted of 14 treatments laid out in RCBD with three replications. From the total weed species, 81.81% were broadleaved weeds whereas 9.09 and 9.1% were sedges and grass weeds, respectively....

Author(s): Tesfaye Amare, Frehiwot Sileshi and Ibrahim Hamza

Physical and chemical quality of raw cow's milk produced and marketed in Shashemene Town, Southern Ethiopia

March 2015

The aim of this study was to assess physical and chemical quality of raw cow’s milk produced and marketed in Shashemene town, Ethiopia. A total of 48 samples of raw cow’s milk were collected in the morning. All of the samples were collected using proportional random sampling method. The means for temperature, pH, specific gravity, titratable acidity, total solids, fat, solids-not-fat, protein, ash and...

Author(s): Teshome Gemechu, Fekadu Beyene and Mitiku Eshetu

Effect of poultry manure and NPK on yield and storability of orange-and white-fleshed sweet potato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam]

February 2015

Sweet potato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam] is amongst the most commonly grown root crops in Sub-Saharan Africa. Comparatively,orange-fleshed cultivars of sweet potato are richer in beta carotene, a precursor to dietary vitamin A than white-fleshed ones. In spite of their health benefits, yields have been low in Africa due to low soil fertility. Studies were therefore conducted to determine the effect of amending soils with...

Author(s): owley, E. N. K. , Neindow, M. and Abubakari, A. H.

Certain roles of the Food Scientist in ameliorating food insecurity in developing countries particularly Nigeria

June 2014

Food security is highly instrumental to the economic growth and sustainability of any country. Unfortunately, food insecurity has had an adverse effect on people in developing countries of the world, especially in continents of Asia and Africa, most importantly Nigeria. In the midst of food insecurity ravaging these countries, the field of Food Science and Technology has vital roles to play in ameliorating the...

Author(s): O. A. Olaoye, O.A. Idowu and I. G. Lawrence

Application of science and technology in rural areas (ASTRA): An Ethiopian context

June 2014

Developing countries face the challenge of improving living standards of rural people for their sustainable livelihoods. Majority of developing nations are agrarian economies characterized by low productivity operating on smallholdings with inadequate and poor infrastructure. There are several interventions for development and one such potential instrument is the “application of science and technology in rural...

Author(s): P. N. Ananth and M. Karthikeyan

Nitrate concentration of leafy vegetables: A survey of nitrite concentrations in retail fresh leafy vegetables from daily markets of different locations

September 2013

In this study, nitrate content in three leafy vegetables namely radish, palak and amaranth were studied after a survey from four different markets at different elevations namely Gangtok of Sikkim State, Kalimpong, Siliguri and Cooch Behar of West Bengal. Average nitrate content of radish leaves (1521.13 mgkg-1) was found to be maximum at Kalimpong market followed by Gangtok, Siliguri and Cooch Behar markets, whereas...

Author(s): J. C. Jana and P. Moktan

Variation in fungi toxicant sensitivity of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides isolates infecting fruit crops

September 2013

Thirty Colletotrichum gloeosporioides isolates from nine fruit hosts grown in different agro ecological zones of Maharashtra (India) expressed significant variation in their sensitivity to fungicides. All isolates expressed sensitive to highly sensitive reaction to prochloraz. Benomyl tolerance was also not detected except the isolate C. gloeosporioides (Cg) 42 from mandarin orange which was found to...

Author(s): M. S. JOSHI, D. M. Sawant and A. P. GAIKWAD

Clinical manifestation and growth performance of broiler chickens fed with T-2 toxin and co-infected with infectious bronchitis virus

February 2012

The objective of the present study was to assess the effects of T-2 mycotoxin at dose level of 2 ppm in association with infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) infection on growth performance and clinical signs of broiler chickens. A total of 128 one-week-old chicks were classified into four groups and were treated respectively with T-2 toxin alone, IBV alone, T-2 toxin and co-infected with IBV, and untreated (control) for a...

Author(s): T. Yohannes, A. K. Sharma, V. Sumi and S. S. Rout

Source(s) of contamination of ‘raw’ and ‘ready-to-eat’ foods and their public health risks in Mekelle City, Ethiopia

February 2012

The study was carried out from December 2010 to June 2011 to determine the hygienic and sanitary conditions on the available cafeterias, restaurants, juice houses, supermarkets, and food handlers of Mekelle city. Using the standardized pre-tested questionnaire and observational check list, data was collected from a total of 510 catering establishments. Microbiological examination of 260 food samples indicated...

Author(s): Mekonnen Haileselassie, Habtamu Taddele and Kelali Adhana

Response of vegetable crops to use of integrated nutrient management practices

January 2012

The investigation reports response of cucumber, knol khol, broccoli and radish to the use of integrated nutrient management practices at the experimental farm of the Division of Vegetable Science and Floriculture, FOA, Chatha, SKUAST-Jammu. The varieties used for study were Summer Green of cucumber, G-40 of Knol Khol, Early Green in case of Broccoli and CR-45 of Radish. Cucumber recorded highest yield of 213.85 q/ha...

Author(s): Jag Paul Sharma, Puja Rattan and Sanjeev Kumar

Contributions of some growth characters to seed yield of sesame (Sesamum indicum L.)

January 2012

Field trials were conducted during the rainy seasons of 2005, 2006 and 2007 to study the contributions of some growth characters to the seed yield of sesame. The experiments consisted of four levels of poultry manure (0, 5.0, 10.0 and 15.0 t ha-1), three levels of nitrogen in the form of urea (0, 60 and 120 kg N ha-1) and three levels of phosphorus in the form of single super phosphate (0, 13.2 and 26.4 kg P ha-1). The...

Author(s): I. M. Haruna, L. Aliyu, O. O. Olufajo and E. C. Odion

Earthquake relief measures through promotion of improved farm implements, renewable energy gadgets and agro-processing technologies in Sikkim, India

January 2012

The North East hill region has a total geographical area of 275000 km2 of which 212000 km2 is under hills. The 0.43 million rural people are living in four districts of Sikkim. The Sikkim is badly affected due to earthquakes.  There is a huge loss in the state which was estimated as $45.8 million by State government. The union government has sanctioned $208.33 million for the earthquake victims.  The...

Author(s): R. K. Tiwari and P. K. Srivastava

Study on renewable biogas energy production from cladodes of Opuntia ficus indica

December 2011

In this study, Cladodes, which is a plate like section of Opuntia ficus indica, were characterized for their physical properties, total solids (TS) and volatile solides (VS) and they were assessed in five combinations with or without cow dung for their suitability to biogas production in 2.8 L triplicate batch digesters. The highest total biogas yields were obtained from T5 (75% Cow dung: 25% Cladodes...

Author(s): Elias Jigar, Hameed Sulaiman and Araya Asfaw and Abraham Bairu

Effect of herbicide (pendimethalin) on soil microbial population

December 2011

A field study on the effect of herbicide (pendimethalin) on soil microbial community was conducted between August to September (2010) on a sandy-loamy soil located at the Federal University of Technology, Crop Science Departmental Farm Gidan-Kwano, Minna, Nigeria. Samples were collected randomly from the experimental farm before and after application of herbicide; on which cowpea was cultivated. Herbicide...

Author(s): Oyeleke, S. B., Oyewole, O. A. and Dagunduro, J. N.

Effect of pendimenthaline on physicochemical properties of soil

November 2011

A field study on the effect of herbicide (Pendimenthaline) on physicochemical properties of soil was conducted between August to September (2010) on a sandy-loamy soil located at Federal University of Technology, Crop Science Farm Gidan-Kwano, Minna. Samples were collected randomly from the experimental farm before and after application of herbicide, on which cowpea was cultivated. Herbicide (pendimenthaline) was...

Author(s): Oyeleke, S. B., Oyewole, O. A. and Dagunduro, J. N.

Mycoflora of smoke-dried fishes sold in Guilan Province, Iran

November 2011

Fish and fish products constitute more than 60% of the total protein intake in adults especially in the rural areas. Fish flesh is one of the best sources of protein. Smoke dried fishes (common carp_big head carp_silver carp) were randomly sampled and purchased from three different marketing sites located at main markets, Astara and Anzali cities. Fifty-five samples of related species were grouped together to make...

Author(s): K. Rezaei Dorostkar and P. Mabodian

Application of water quality index to assess suitablity of groundwater quality for drinking purposes in Hantebet watershed, Tigray, Northern Ethiopia

September 2011

The study was conducted in Hantebet catchment area which has a total area of 24.5 km2 with the major objective of assessing suitability of groundwater quality for drinking purposes through water quality index (WQI) investigation of the different hand dug wells in the watershed. This was done by subjecting the 20 groundwater samples collected to comprehensive physico-chemical analysis using APHA standard...

Author(s): Abraham Bairu Gebrehiwot, Nata Tadesse and Elias Jigar

Changes in the solubility and SDS-PAGE profile of whey proteins during storage at different temperatures: A kinetic study

September 2011

Whey is the soluble fraction of milk separated from the caseins during manufacture of rennet-coagulated cheese, (sweet whey) or use of acids (acid whey). Whey proteins are widely used in a variety of foods, primarily for their superior functional properties such as gelling and emulsification. Solubility is the major protein attribute affecting all functional properties. In this study, the effect of storage at different...

Author(s): Hosseinpour S., Izadi, M., Aminlari, M., Ramezani, R. and Tavana, M.

Mediterranean diet and different food models: Measurement and comparison of environmental costs using the ecological footprint method

September 2011

The Mediterranean diet can represent a healthy food model for the prevention of chronic degenerative diseases. When compared with the US and Czech diets using the ecological footprint method, it emerges that the Mediterranean diet entails lower costs for the environment and a larger sustainability. The present study shows that dietary choices based on the Mediterranean diet require a significantly lower use of...

Author(s): Marco Ascione, Luigi Campanella and Riccarda Antiochia

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