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Prof. Anna Lartey

E-mail: aalartey@ug.edu.gh or aalartey@hotmail.com


Anna Lartey received her BSC (Biochemistry-Nutrition) from the University of Ottawa, Canada, MSc (Nutritional Sciences) from the University of Guelph and PhD (International Nutrition) from the University of California, Davis, as a Fulbright Scholar in 1998.
She joined the University of Ghana in March 1986 as a lecturer in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in1999 and to Associate Professor in 2005. She was the first female to be appointed Head of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science.
Anna Lartey is an accomplished researcher. Her research and publications focus is on maternal and child nutrition. She was one of the Principal Investigators on the WHO Multicenter Growth Reference study (MGRS). MGRS was carried out in six countries: Brazil, Ghana, Oman, Norway, USA and India. This study made available to the world a new set of growth charts based on breast fed babies. The charts have been adopted and are in use as weighing cards by 125 countries around the world, including Ghana.
Her research on optimal nutrition for children of HIV-affected communities has helped to understand the mechanism by which maternal HIV-infection affects child nutrition. This finding is important in providing guidelines for the nutritional management of children living in HIV-affected communities. Her current research is exploring ways of improving child growth and micronutrient status through the use of lipid-based nutrient supplement among Ghanaian children. Anna Lartey with the support of her collaborators has established a Nutrition Research and Training Center at Asesewa in the Eastern region of Ghana to apply their research findings to improve the nutritional status of vulnerable children in rural communities.
For her contribution to child nutrition research, the University of Ghana recognized her for the “Best Researcher” award in 2004.
Anna Lartey and her research partner (Prof Grace Marquis) formed one of eight teams selected from around the world in 2009 to hold the International Development Research Center (IDRC) Research Chair. She is now the President-Elect of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS). In 2013, she will be the first African woman to head this prestigious global nutrition body of nutrition scientists.
Anna is a mentor. She has provided advanced training of the next generation of nutrition researchers. Through her research grants, scholarships have been given to Ghanaian students to study in Universities in the USA and Canada, some of whom now hold University teaching and research positions in Ghana.
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to child nutrition research in Ghana, the Ghana Women of Excellence Award was conferred on her in May 2012.


1) International Development Research Center (IDRC, Canada)- International Development Research Chairs Initiative

i) Prevalence and determinants of Childhood obesity among school-age children in two urban cities in Ghana. International Development Research Institute Center (IDRC) Chair in Nutrition in Nutrition for Health and Socioeconomic Development in Sub-Sahara Africa. July 1, 2009- June 30 2014.

ii) International Community nutrition training for dietetic interns
This is a month long program on assessing nutritional status of children in rural communities in Asesewa, Eastern region of Ghana. Course participants are dietetic interns from USA, Canada and Ghana. This course is supported by the facilities at the UG Nutrition Research and Training Center at Asesewa.

2) International lipid-based Nutrient Supplement study (iLiNS Project)

Development and evaluation of lipid-based nutrient supplement for prevention of malnutrition: an innovative food-based approach. Bill and Melinda Gates funded project to University of California, Davis. My role: Principal investigator for Subcontract from University of California, Davis to University of Ghana. January 2009 to 2014. This study seeks to find innovative ways of addressing micronutrient deficiencies through the use of low-dose lipid-based food supplements added to home foods (Home fortification) for children 6-18 months.

3) Building capacity for sustainable livelihoods and health through public-private linkages in Agriculture and health systems (New project)

The main objective is to develop a district-level intervention package that builds capacity of local institutions to improve economic well-being, food security, health and social and cognitive development of populations living in rural upper Manya Krobo District of Ghana. This project will tap on our experience with the ENAM project. 



1) Anna Lartey, Grace S Marquis, Robert Mazur, Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Lucy Brakohiapa, William Ampofo, Daniel Sellen, Seth Adu-Afarwuah. Maternal HIV is associated with reduced growth in the first year of life among infants in the Eastern region of Ghana: the Research to Improve Infant Nutrition and Growth (RIING) Project. Maternal and Child Nutr 2012 DOI: 10.1111/j.1740-8709.2012.00441.x

2) Colecraft EK, Marquis GS, Owuraku S, Lartey A, Butler LM, Ahunu B,
Reddy MB7, Jensen HH8, Huff-Lonergan E9 and E Canacoo. Planning, design and implementation of the enhancing child nutrition through animal source food management (ENAM) project. African Jof Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND).2012;12:5687-5708.

3) Christian AK, Lartey A, Colecraft E, Marquis GS, Sakyi-Dawson O, Ahunu B, and LM Butler. The relationship between caregivers’ income generation activities and their children’s animal source food intake African J of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND).2012;12:5746-5758. (1st author was my student; I was main supervisor of this work)

4) Kobati G, Lartey A, Marquis GS, Colecraft EK and LM Butler Dietary intakes of non-pregnant non-lactating women living in the Winneba and Navrongo areas of Ghana. African J of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND).2012;12:5843-5861. (1st author was my student; ; I was main supervisor of this work)

5) Harding KB, Marquis GS, Colecraft EK, Lartey A and OSakyi-Dawson. Participation in communal daycare center feeding programs is associated with improved diet quantity but not quality among rural Ghanaian children. African J of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND).2012;12:5802-5821.

6) Osei-Boadi K, Lartey A, Marquis GS and EK Colecraft Dietary intakes and iron status of vegan and non-vegetarian children. African J of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND).2012;12:5822-5842. (1st author was my student; I was main supervisor of this work)

7) Micah EB, Colecraft E, Lartey A, Aryeetey R and GS Marquis. Street foods contribute to nutrient intakes among children from rural communities in Winneba and Techiman municipalities, Ghana. African J of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND).2012;12:5789-5801.


8) Onyango A, Nomsen-Rivers L, Siyam A, Borghi E, de Onis M, Garza C, Lartey A, Baerug A, Bhandari N, Van den Broeck J for the WHO Multicentre Growth reference Study Group. Post-partum weight change patterns in the WHO Multicentre Growth Reference Study. Maternal and Child Nutr 2011;7:228-240.

9) Addo AA, Marquis GS, Lartey A, Perez-Escamilla R, Mazur RE, Harding KB. Food insecurity and perceived stress but not HIV infection are independently associated with lower energy intakes among lactating Ghanaian women. Maternal and Child Nutr 2011;7:80-91.

10) Adu-Afarwuah S, Lartey A, Zeilani M and Dewey A. Acceptability of lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS) among Ghanaian infants and pregnant or lactating women. Maternal and Child Nutr 2011;7:344-56.


11) Zlotkin S, Siekmann J, Lartey A and Yang Z. The role of the Codex Alimentarius process in support of new products to enhance the nutritional health of infants and young children. Food and Nutr Bull 2010;31:S128-S133.


12) Otoo GE, Lartey A and Perez-Escamilla R. Perceived incentives and barriers to exclusive breast feeding among peri-urban Ghanaian women. J Human Lact 2009; 25:34-41.

13) Zyeng Y, Lonnerdal B, Adu-Afarwuah S, Brown KH. Chaparro C, Cohen RJ, Domellof M, Hernell O, Lartey A and Dewey KG. Prevalence and predictors of iron deficiency in fully breastfed infants at 6 mo of age: comparison of data from 6 studies. Am J Clin Nutr 2009;89:1433-1440.

14) Lartey A. Book review: Nutrition in promoting the public’s health: strategies, principles and practice. Maternal and Child Nutr 2009;5:95.

15) Aryeetey R, Marquis GS, Brakohialpa L, Timms L, Lartey A. Subclinical mastitis may not reduce breastmilk intake during established lactation. Breastfeeding Medicine 2009. D01:10.1089/bfm.2008.0131.


16) Aryeetey R, Marquis GS, Brakohiapa L Timms L, Lartey A. Sub-clinical mastitis is common among Ghanaian women lactating 3 to 4 months postpartum. J Hum Lact 2008;23:263-267.

17) Tayie FAK and Lartey A. Antenatal care and pregnancy outcome in Ghana, the importance of women’s education. African J Food Agric Nutr Dev 2008;8:291-303.

18) Adu-Afarwuah S, Lartey A, Brown KH, Zlotkin S, Briend A, Dewey KG. 2007 Home fortification of complementary foods with micronutrient supplements is well accepted and has positive effects on infants iron status in Ghana. Am J Clin Nutr 2008;87:929-938.

19) Lartey A. Maternal and child nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and interventions. Proc Nutr Scc 2008;67:105-108.


20) Akuamoah-Boateng L, Iyer SI, Sales RL, Lokko P, Lartey A, Monteiro JBR, Mattes RD. Effect of peanut oil consumption on energy balance. J Appl Res, 2007; 2:185-195. (1st author is my student)

21) Lokko P, Lartey A, Amar-Klemesu M, Mattes RD. Regular peanut consumption improves plasma lipid levels in healthy Ghanaians. Int J Food Sci Nutr, 2007; 58:190-200. (1st author was my student; I was main supervisor of this work)

22) Adu-Afarwuah S, Lartey A, Brown KH, Zlotkin S, Briend A, Dewey KG. Randomized comparison of 3 types of micronutrient supplements for home fortification of complementary foods in Ghana: Effect on growth and motor development. Am J Clin Nutr, 2007; 86:412-420

23) Nti CA and Lartey A. Young child feeding practices and child nutritional status in rural Ghana. Int J Cons Stud, 2007; 31; 326-332. (1st author was my student ; I was main supervisor of this work)

24) Nti CA and Lartey A. Effect of caregiver feeding behaviors on child nutritional status in rural Ghana. Int J Cons Stud, 2007; 31; 303-309. (1st author was my student; I was main supervisor of this work)

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