Beatrice's current work involves developing, managing and coordinating implementation of several nnutrition-related research grants within The Alliance for Bioversity and CIAT and working across different countries with Eastern and Central Africa. In the respective countries, Beatrice works closely with the national research organizations, the line ministries such as Ministry of Health and other international and national development and research agencies.
The main research areas that Beatrice has been working on for the last thirteen years involves, assessing and strengthening the potential for production systems, including related social dynamics to support access to and consumption of diverse nutritious diets.
Beatrice joined Bioversity International in September 2007 as an Associate Expert-Nutrition working on assessing the potential contribution of banana based systems on food and nutrition security of smallholder households within Eastern Africa.
Before joining Bioversity International, Beatrice worked as a District Nutrition Officer 1 within the Ministry of Health in Kenya.
PhD in Foods and Nutrition with special focus on retention and bioaccessibility of micronutrients
MSc in Community Nutrition and Development
Ekesa Beatrice et al (2020). Relationships between land tenure insecurity, agrobiodiversity and dietary diversity of women of reproductive age: Evidence from Acholi and Teso Sub regions of Uganda.Maternal and Child Nutrition DOI: 10.1111/mcn.12965
Ekesa Beatrice, Nabuuma Deborah and Kennedy Gina (2019). Content of Iron and Vitamin A in Common Foods Given to Children 12–59 Months Old from North Western Tanzania and Central Uganda Nutrients. 2019 Feb 26;11(3). pii: E484. doi: 10.3390/nu11030484 PMCID: PMC6471078. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30813509
Ekesa, et al (2018) Multi-Level Participatory Approaches to Mobilize Dietary Diversity for Improved Infant and Young Child Feeding in Banana-Based Agri-Food Systems of Rural East Africa; in Public Health, Disease And Development In Africa (2018) Eds Ezekiel Kalipeni, Juliet Iwelunmor, Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, and Imelda Moise, ISBN-13: 978-1138631250/ ISBN-10: 1138631256-Routledge. https://cgspace.cgiar.org/handle/10568/98949 Ekesa, et al (2017). Sensory evaluation of provitamin A carotenoid-rich banana cultivars on trial for potential adoption in Burundi and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Fruits 72(5), 261-272. DOI: 10.17660/th2017/72.5.1. http://www.pubhort.org/fruits/72/5/1/index.htm
Ekesa, B., Nabuuma, D., Kennedy, G. and Van den Bergh, I. (2017). Sensory evaluation of provitamin A carotenoid-rich banana cultivars on trial for potential adoption in Burundi and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Fruits 72(5), 261-272. DOI: 10.17660/th2017/72.5.1.
Ekesa,et al (2015). Provitamin A carotenoid content of unripe and ripe banana cultivars for potential adoption in eastern Africa. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis 06/2015; 43., DOI:10.1016/j.jfca.2015.04.003. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/08891575/43