University of Nigeria
Vivienne Ibeanu has Ph. D in Human Nutrition with special emphasis in community and public health nutrition. She is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Home Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Agriculture. Her academic career (teaching and research) started in 1996 on her return from the United Kingdom. She has continued research with sustained interest in the development of infant complementary foods using local staples unexploited for infant feeding and assessment of the nutritional status the different age groups in different communities. Dr Ibeanu has used the following local staples to formulate infant complementary foods: Manihot esculenta (cassava), Musa species AAS group (plantain), Pennisetum americanum, (millet) Sorghum bicolor (sorghum), Glycine max (soybean), Digtaria exilis (hungry rice), Sesamum indicum (benne seed), Oryza sativa (rice), Vigna unguiculata (cowpea), Voandzeia subteranea (Bambara groundnut) and Zea mays (corn). She is currently working on shelf life of processed of plant foods for feeding infants in ultra-poor communities. Dr. Ibeanu has attended and presented research papers in many international and national nutrition conferences and she has many academic articles in reputable national and international journals. She is a qualified Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) ENACT ( Education for Effective Nutrition in Action) course tutor. Vivienne is in addition a resource person for the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) and was involved in the recent revision of the national curriculum and writing of the Teachers’ Guide for the Revised 9-Year Basic Education Pre-Vocational Studies (Home Economics).