Full Name



Academic Rank/Status


Associate Professor

Working for AAU since




Administrative positions held if any/ past and present


Vice Chairman of Center for Food Science and Nutrition

Education attended

BSc, Applied Chemistry, Addis Ababa University, 2007

MSc, Food Science and Nutrition, Addis Ababa University, 2009

PhD, Nutrition and Health, University of Montpellier II, Montpellier, France, 2013

 Awards & recognition’s

French Government PhD grant, 2009

Institute of Research for Development (IRD) research grant, 2011

EraAfrica EU research grant, 2014

– Founding Member of the Ethiopian Young Academy of Sciences

Tore Godal Award for outstanding contribution to health research in Ethiopia, 2015

-won several competitive international research grants

Memberships of International bodies

Member of:-

American Society of Nutrition

World Public Health Nutrition Association

The Nutrition Society, UK

African Food and Nutrition Forum (AFNF)

  National Codex committee

Publicity: Journals, editorial roles, initiatives etc

Member of the Editorial Board:

Deputy Editor- Public Health Nutrition (2018-)

Associate EditorPublic Health Nutrition2014-18

Reviewer for the journals:

Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry

Public Health Nutrition

BMC Public Health

Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

Food and Nutrition Bulletin

Ecology of Food and Nutrition

BMJ Open


– Nutrition

Research interest

Micronutrients, bioavailability, complementary feeding, dietary intake assessment, food systems

Publications on reputable journals

1.       Zerfu T, Pinto E, Baye K (2018) Consumption of dairy, fruits and dark green leafy vegetables is associated with lower risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes in a prospective cohort study in rural Ethiopia. Nutrition and Diabetes. DOI: 10.1038/s41387-018-0060-y

2.       Habtamu G &Baye K (2018) Extrinsic iron from soil contributes to hemoglobin-regeneration of anaemic rats: implications for foods contaminated with soil iron. British Journal of Nutrition

3.       Baye K, Tariku, A, Mouquet-Rivier C (2017) Caregiver-infant’s feeding behaviors are associated with energy intake of 9-11 month-old infants in rural Ethiopia. Maternal and Child Nutrition.https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12487

4.       Belay A, Haki GD, Birringer HM, Borck H, ChulLee Y, Kim KT, Baye K, Melaku S, (2017)“Enzyme and Amino acid profile, and Hydroxymethylfurfural Content of Ethiopia monofloral honey”Journal of Food Processing and Technology

5.       Abebe Z., Haki DG, &Baye K (2017) Risk of inadequate and excessive nutrient intakes is associated with home-fortification of complementary foods with multiple micronutrient powders in West Gojam, Ethiopia.Maternal and Child Nutrition. DOI 10.1111/mcn.12443

6.       Mengistu G, Mogues T., Samuel A., Baye K(2017) Energy and nutrient intake of infants and young children in pastoralist communities of Ethiopia. Nutrition.Vol 41(2017),1-6.

7.       Abebe Z., Haki DG, &Baye K (2017)Child feeding style is associated with food intake and linear growth in rural Ethiopia. Appetite.116 (2017)132-138.

8.       Baye K(2016) The Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved without improving child nutrition.Journal of Public Health Policy.DOI: 10.1057/s41271-016-0043-y

9.       Belay, A., Haki, G. D., Birringer, M., Borck, H., Addi, A., Baye, K.,& Melaku, S. (2016). Rheology and botanical origin of Ethiopian monofloral honey. LWT-Food Science and Technology.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lwt.2016.09.021

10.   Zerfu TA, Umeta M, Baye K(2016)“Maternal dietary habits, food taboos, and perceptions towards weight gain during pregnancy in Arsi rural central Ethiopia: a qualitative cross-sectional study” Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition. Vol 35 (22).DOI: 10.1186/s41043-016-0059-8

11.   Abebe Z., Haki DG, &Baye K(2016)“Heath extension workers’ knowledge and knowledge-sharing effectiveness of optimal infant and young child feeding are associated with mothers’ knowledge and child stunting in rural Ethiopia”. Food and Nutrition Bulletin. doi: 10.1177/0379572116651209

12.   Gebremedhin S, Baye, K , Bekele, T, Asrat, Y,Tharaney, M, Abebe, Y, Retta, N. (2016) Level and predictors of dietary diversity in children 6-23 months of age in predominately food insecure area of South Wollo, Ethiopia. Nutrition. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nut.2016.06.002

13.   Zerfu TA, Umeta M, Baye K (2016) Dietary diversity during pregnancy is associated with reduced risk of maternal anemia, preterm delivery, and low birth weightin a prospective cohort study, in rural Ethiopia.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol 103 (6) 1482-1488.ajcn.115.116798v1 103/6/1482

14.   Baye K (2016) Good food is best, World Nutrition. Vol 7 (1).

15.   Baye K. & Faber M. (2015). Windows of opportunity for setting the critical path for healthy growth.  Public Health Nutrition.18 (8)DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S136898001500186X

16.   Habte, K., Adish, A., Zerfu, D., Kebede, A., Moges, T., Tesfaye, B., Challa, F., and  Baye, K. (2015). Iron, folate and vitamin B12 status of Ethiopian professional runners. Nutrition & Metabolism, 12(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1186/s12986-015-0056-8

17.   Baye K, Guyot JP, Mouquet-Rivier C (2017). The unresolved role of dietary fibers on mineral absorption. Critical reviews in Food Science andNutrition.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10408398.2014.953030

18.   Seyoum Y, Retta N, Baye K(2016)Nutrient retention and fate of iron-binding phenolic compounds during the injera processing of tannin-free and high-tannin sorghum. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.Vol.96: 1541-1547. DOI 10.1002/jsfa.7246

19.   Tesfaye B., Wuehler S., Baye K., De-Regil L., Moges T., Adish A., et al. (2015) Calcium Supplementation for Preeclampsia Prevention: Estimated Risk of Excessive Intake in Ethiopian Women. The FASEB Journal., 29, (Suppl. 1), 39.1.

20.   Baye K, Guyot JP, Icard-Vernière C, Rochette I, Mouquet-Rivier C (2015) Enzymatic degradation of phytate, polyphenols and dietary fibers in Ethiopian injera flours: Effect on iron bioaccessibility. Food Chemistry 174(1) p:60-67.

21.   Baye K, Retta N, Abuye C (2014) Cash versus food comparisons of the conditional transfers of the Ethiopian Productive Safety Net Program on food security and dietary diversity in face of rising food prices: ways forward for a more nutrition sensitive program. Food and Nutrition Bulletin35(3) 289-295.

22.   Baye K, Mouquet-Rivier C, Icard-Vernière C., Picq C., Guyot JP (2014)Changes in mineral absorption inhibitors during fermentation of Ethiopian injera: implications for predicted iron bioavailability and bioaccessibility. International Journal of Food Science and Technology 49:p174-180.

23.   Baye K, Guyot JP, Icard-Vernière C, Mouquet-Rivier C (2013) Nutrient intakes from complementary foods consumed by young children (aged 12–23 months) from North Wollo, northern Ethiopia: the need for agro-ecologically adapted interventions. Public Health Nutrition 16(10) 1741-50.

24.   Baye K, Mouquet-Rivier C, Icard-Vernière C, Rochette I, Guyot JP. (2013) Influence of flour blend composition on fermentation kinetics and phytate hydrolysis of sourdough used to make injera. Food Chemistry 38(1): p. 430-436.

25.   Baye, K., Guyot, J.-P., Icard-Vernière, C., & Mouquet Rivier, C. (2013). Nutritional and safety evaluation of legume-based complementary foods consumed by young children in north Wollo, Ethiopia: a difficult compromise. IUNS-ICN 2013, Granada, Spain. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 63(Suppl. 1), 1464-1464.

26.   Baye K (2017) Teff: nutrient composition and health benefits (book chapter). The economics of teff. Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

27.   Covic, N. Terefe, B.,  Baye K. (2018) Maize Contribution to Food and Nutrition Security and Leveraging Opportunities for Sustainability, Nutrition and Health Outcomes. In book: Reference Module in Food Science DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100596-5.21539-4

28.   Karimov, AA.,  Terefe, B.,  Baye K.,Hazard B., Abate G., Covic, N.  (2018) Wheat Contribution to Food and Nutrition Security and Leveraging Opportunities for Sustainability, Nutrition and Health Outcomes.In book: Reference Module in Food ScienceDOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100596-5.21539-4

29.   Kennedy, G., Baye K., Powell, B., Bailey, A.(2018) Connecting Diverse Diets With Production Systems: Measures and Approaches for Improved Food and Nutrition Security.In book: Reference Module in Food ScienceDOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100596-5.21539-4

30.   Abera BB, Terefe, B;  Baye K., Covic, N. (2018) Rice Contribution to Food and Nutrition Security and Leveraging Opportunities for Sustainability, Nutrition and Health Outcomes. In book: Reference Module in Food Science DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100596-5.21539-4


 Community Services such as board membership etc.

Member of Food and Nutrition Society of Ethiopia (FoNSE)

– Member of Chemical Society of Ethiopia

– Member of the executive committee of the World Public Health Nutrition Association

– WHO/UNICEF expert panel member on Infant and young child feeding indicators (July 2018)



Campus : College of Natural and Computational Sciences, AAU

Building:  New Graduate Building, Arat Kilo Campus

Floor number: 2nd floor

Office no.: 211

Office telephone

Mobile :+251-0911890489

University email ID: kaleab.baye@aau.edu.et

Alternative email ID: kaleabbaye@gmail.com