Linley Chiwona Karltun

Linley Chiwona Karltun


I am currently serving as an Associate Professor and research fellow in the Rural Development Division.


Ongoing projects

Principal Investigator: Insects for Food and Health in Southeastern Africa in partnership with Associate Professor Robert Musundire A Joint Chinohoyi Technical University Zimbabawe, NFRTC – National Food Research Technical Centre Botswana, Association des Femmes d’Affairs du Congo, Women’s Entrepreneurship Development centre DR Congo, Peace Corps Malawi and Associate Professor Jose Jackson Malete Michigan State University.
Funding: AgriFoSe, Agriculture for Food Security 2030


Professor Maud Langton; Dept of Food Science, SLU

Chinohoyi Technical University Zimbabawe

Principal Investigator: Engendering Agribusiness Rural Entrepreneurship (ENGAGE) in Partnership with Professor Lettice Rutashobya. A Joint University of Dar-es-Salaam and The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Postgraduate Doctoral Research Training Program to Build Research Capacity in Tanzania

Funding – Swedish International Development Agency


Associate Professor Katarina Pettersson

Dr Johanna Bergman Lodin

Dr Opira Otto

Associate Professor Johan Gaddefors; Department of Economics, SLU

University of Dar es Salaam Business School -


Prior to joining SLU, I was an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Nutrition at Uppsala University (UU) and Education Trainer and Administrator at the Karolinska Institutet (KI), Sweden.

From 2008–2010, I served as a Scientific Coordinator and Trainer with the International Foundation for Science (IFS) and was responsible for the area of Food Science & Nutrition as well as Women in Science. During my two-year employment at IFS, I brought together a cadre of African professionals and together conducted workshops and trained mentees and mentors on scientific writing and communication for the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) programme.

For the last twenty-five years, I have conducted research mostly in Africa, and published peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, popular science, media debates and books on issues dealing with food and nutrition security, farmer plant varietal preferences, particularly from a gender perspective; as well as the cultural ecology of food preferences. I engage an interdisciplinary approach in understanding and contributing to the debates of gender in agriculture, rural change, livelihoods and consequences on various developmental outcomes.

My other interests include interrogating and harnessing the skills of African agricultural professionals in the Diaspora  for Africa’s development. I regularly facilitate in the Making Markets Matter a capacity- and network-building agribusiness training  programme  targeting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets, particularly in Africa. My principle qualifications include a PhD in International Health from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Uppsala University, Sweden and a Bachelor´s degree in Food Nutrition and Institutional Management from East Carolina University, USA.


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