Dr. Kussaga’s profile


Full Name: Dr Jamal B. Kussaga.

Title: Senior Lecturer

Area of specialization: Food safety and food quality, food science

School: School of Engineering and Technology.

Department: Food Science and Agro-processing

Office Location: Edward Moringe Campus

Email address: kussaga@sua.ac.tz


Dr Jamal Kussaga is a Food Safety Expert with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology of Sokoine University of Agriculture, Master of Science in Food Quality Management of Wageningen University and a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences of Ghent University. He has a professional experience of more than 15 years in teaching, researches and consultancies. He is a Senior Lecturer working for Sokoine University of Agriculture, School of Engineering and Technology, Department of Food Science and Agro-processing. He served as a member of Board of Directors of Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (Ministerial Appointment). He was a visiting Lecturer at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi. He was also a research fellow at the Food Quality and Design Group, Wageningen University and Department of Food Quality and Food Safety, Ghent University. He has developed various food safety and quality management systems performance assessment tools, which have found extensive use across the world. He has supervised several BSc, MSc and PhD students. His research interests are on food safety and quality, mycotoxins, food science and assessing the effectiveness of food safety management systems


PhD in Applied Biological Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium (2015)

MSc. Food Quality Management, Wageningen University, The Netherlands (2005)

BSc. Food Science and Technology, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania (2001)


Research Interests / Areas:

Food safety, food quality, food processing, mycotoxins, assessing effectiveness of FSMS, audit, extrusion, food microbiology

Funded Research Projects

Project Member: Extraction and purification of inulin powder from sisal wastes: a food fortificant. SUARIS (2022)

Co-Principal Investigator: Prevalence of aflatoxins in animal feeds and raw milk along the dairy value chain in three agro-ecological zones of Tanzania, COSTECH (2019-2022)

Project member: Use of Biosciences for Value Addition and Diversification to Enhance Commercialization of Sorghum and Millet Products, USD 697,773. Bioinnovate Africa Program, Phase I, SIDA (2012-2015)

Project member: Unlocking the commercial potential of new sorghum and millet products for improved nutrition and socio-economic gains in Eastern Africa, USD 82,000. Bioinnovate Africa Program, SIDA (2018-2021).

Project member: Local and International business collaboration for productivity and Quality Improvement in Dairy chains in Vietnam, Indonesia, Tanzania and Kenya (LIQUID), NOW-WOTRO (2015-2021).

Project member: Innovative technologies for reducing post-harvest losses in fresh fruits and vegetables in Zanzibar, TZS 120,000,000 COSTECH (2018-2021)

Principal investigator: Understanding the factors for insufficiency performance of food safety management systems in Tanzanian fish industry, USD 11,840, IFS (2011-2013)


List of courses

Food quality control and legislation (FT 303)

Technology of cereals, tubers and sugar (FT 309)

Food Research methods and statistics (FT 300)

Pilot plant processes (FT 310)

Advanced food hygiene (FQS 604)

Research methods and data analysis (FS 605)

Food safety, standards, trade regulations and certification (AEC 818)


Students Supervision

Nadir Khatib Hassan – (PhD)

Joel Mhanga- (PhD)

Frank Kaseka- (PhD)

Amos Winza (MSc)

Beth Mutai (MSc)

Lucas Mbuga (MSc)

Juma Magambo (MSc)

Stanford Mattee (MSc)

Special Projects (13 BSc students)


Journal Articles

Kimario, M. E., Moshi, A. P., Ndossi, H. P., Kiwango, P. A., Shirima, G. G., Kussaga, J. B. (2022). Smallholder farmers’ storage practices and awareness on aflatoxin contamination of cereals and oilseeds in Chamwino, Dodoma, Tanzania. Journal of Cereals and Oilseeds, 13(1), 13-23.

Webb P, Danaei G, Masters WA, Rosettie KL, Leech AA, Cohen J, Blakstad M, Kranz S, Mozaffarian D….. Kussaga J.B…. (2021). Modelling the potential cost-effectiveness of food-based programs to reduce malnutrition. Global Food Security, 29:100550.

Ledo J., Hettinga K.A., Kussaga J.B., Luning P.A. (2021) Implications of differences in safety and hygiene control practices for microbial safety and aflatoxin M1 in an emerging dairy chain: The case of Tanzania. Food Control 124, 107918.

Ledo J., Hettinga K.A., Bijman J., Kussaga J.B., Luning P.A. (2021). A tailored food safety and hygiene training approach for dairy farmers in an emerging dairy chain. Food Control 124, 107918        

Mwasulama,E., Kussaga, J.B., Tiisekwa, BPM (2021). Handling practices and microbiological quality of kayabo-salted sun-dried nileperch Lates niloticus from Lake Victoria, Tanzania. African Journal of Food Science 15 (3), 81-91       

Nyarugwe, S. P., Linnemann, A. R., Ren, Y., Bakker, E. J., Kussaga, J. B., Watson, D., … and Luning, P. A. (2019). An intercontinental analysis of food safety culture in view of food safety governance and national values. Food Control, 107075

Masters, W.A. ……Kussaga, J.B., et al., (2018). Designing programs to improve diets for maternal and child health: estimating costs and potential dietary impacts of nutrition-sensitive programs in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and India. Health Policy Plan 33(4):564-573.

Masters, W.A. ……Kussaga, J.B., et al., (2018). Priority interventions to improve maternal and child diet in sub-Saharan Africa. Maternal and Child Nutrition. DOI:10.1111/mcn.12526

Kussaga, J.B.,Luning, P.A, Tiisekwa, B.P.M, andJacxsens, L (2017). Microbiological performance of HACCP-based food safety management systems: a case of Nile perch processing company. African Journal of Food Science, 11(7), 200-214.

Kussaga J.B and Luning P.A (2016). Key-risk factors on quality and safety of donated foods in the food aid supply chains: A theoretical framework. African Journal of Food Science and Technology, 7(6): 144-160.

Kussaga J.B.,Liesbeth, J., Luning P.A., and Tiisekwa B.P.M. (2015). Current performance of Food Safety Management Systems of Dairy Processing Companies in Tanzania. International Journal of Dairy Technology, 68(2): 227-252.

Kussaga, J.B.,Luning, P.A, Tiisekwa, B.P.M, andJacxsens, L. (2014). Challenges in Performance of Food Safety Management Systems: a case of Fish Processing Companies in Tanzania. Journal of Food Protection, 77(4), 621–630.

Kussaga J.B.,Jacxsens, L., Tiisekwa B.P.M. and Luning, P.A (2014). Food safety management systems performance in African food processing companies: a review of deficiencies and possible improvement strategies. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 94(11): 2154-2169.

Kussaga J.B.,Jacxsens, L., Luning, P.A and Tiisekwa B.P.M. (2013). Diagnosis of food safety management systems performance in food processing sectors for export and domestic markets. African Journal of Food Science and Technology, 4(10), 240-250.

Mgonja, J.T. and Kussaga, J. (2012). Evaluation of traceability systems in fish supply chains: A case study of Tanzania. Pakistan Journal of Food Sciences, 22(3), 133-142.

Jacxsens, L., Kussaga, J.,Santilana Farakos, S.M., Kousta, M. Drosinos, E.H., Uyttendaele, M. and Luning, P.A (2011). Quality Assurance Standards and Guidelines Evaluation Grid. Food Science and Law, no 5, 14-25.

Jacxsens, L., Kussaga, J., Luning, P.A., Van der Spiegel, M., Uyttendaele, M. (2009). A microbial assessment scheme to support microbial performance measurements of food safety management systems. International Journal of Food Microbiology 134, 113-125.

Luning, P.A., Bango, L., Kussaga, J., Rovira, J., Marcelis W.J., (2008). Comprehensive analysis and differentiated assessment of food safety control systems: a diagnostic instrument. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 19(10), 522-534.


Book Chapters

Kussaga, J.B. (2017). Challenges in assessment of food safety management systems in food industries of developing countries. In: Food Safety and Consumption: Assessment, Practices and Current Issues. Nova Publishing. (https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=62461&osCsid=e274c5014ba0660e9d363b860aecfc54)


Luning, P.A.; Jacxsens, L.; Jasson, V.; Marcelis, W.J.; Kussaga, J.; Spiegel, M. van der; Koesta, M.; Oses Gomez, S.; Rovira, J.; Devlieghere, F.; Uyttendaele, M. (2011). Tools to support the self-assessment of the performance of Food Safety Management Systems (pp 31-43). In: ¿Cómopuedoaumentar la seguridadalimentaria de misproductos? (How to ensure safety of food products)University of Burgos, ISBN: 9788492681136. First edition, 128 pp.


Conference/Workshops/Seminar Papers

Kussaga, J.B., (2015).Capacity building and public awareness on food safety issues. Paper presented at Programme for Food Safety and Consumer Protection Workshop, Kunduchi Beach Hotel, Dar es, Salaam, 3rd December 2015.Kussaga J., Jacxsens L., Luning P., Uytendaele M., Devlieghere F. (2008). Assessment of the effectiveness of food safety management systems in food industries.Communications in agricultural and applied biological sciences, 73(1):167-71.

Sampers I., Habib, I., Kussaga, J., De Zutter, L., Berkvens, D., Jacxsens, L.,  Luning, L.,  Marcelis, W., Uyttendaele, M. (2008). Processing Practices Contributing to Variability in Campylobacter Contamination in Belgian Chicken Meat Preparations. 21st International ICFMH Symposium (Food Micro 2008): Evolving microbial food quality and safety. Aberdeen, Scotland, PN12 (1-4 September).

Jacxsens L., Kussaga, J.B., Devlieghere F., (2008). Microbial assessment scheme to support microbial performance measurements of a food safety management system. 21stInternational ICFMH Symposium (Food Micro 2008): Evolving microbial food quality and safety. Aberdeen, Scotland, UK (1-4th September)


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Address: Department of Food Science and Agro-processing, School of Engineering and Technology, Sokoine University of Agriculture, P.O. Box 3006, Morogoro.

Email: kussaga@sua.ac.tz or kussaga15@yahoo.com; Mobile: +255 712 127 222