Book: Shopping of the Scientist

Limited physical activity, increased stress, and poor diets have been major contributors to the increase of Communicable Diseases among residents of Kisumu, with the young population being the largest affected population. Moreover, Kisumu experiences Global Acute Malnutrition of 5.9%, which is poor according to the Kenya Nutrition Bulletin. Consequently, this has a negative impact on youth development and youth engagement, therefore calling for our intervention, to create an enabling environment for young people to thrive. JAY4T is working to promote youth involvement in sustainable agriculture to prevent NCDs caused poor diet, to increase food production, and to make different varieties available to boost nutrition with an overall aim of contributing to food security that is: availability (having sufficient quantities of appropriate food available), access (having adequate income or other resources to access food), and utilization/consumption (having adequate dietary intake and the ability to absorb and use nutrients in the body). This book by Sarah, our Associate from Italy is a resource to help young people learn and engage better with food in a fun way.





About the Book

 From 10 to 99 years, a book to see the food with a whole new dress and that teaches not to be afraid to experiment. A journey, aboard a trolley, between food and supermarket shelves but with the gaze of true scientists. We all eat and we are all fascinated more by some foods and less by others, but have you ever looked at cabbage not as a terrible vegetable but as the main ingredient of a spectacular scientific experiment? Science can surprise you once again by making you discover more and more deeply what surrounds you. How many times have you handled potatoes, lemons, vinegar, or flour without realizing their potential? Get ready to make all the “flavors” to know the extravagant properties of food that make them the perfect reagents for an experiment and also the properties that can be useful to our body, to make us grow, learn and play!



About the Author 

SARAH BRANCHESI is a Nutritionist Biologist specialized in the elaboration of customized food plans for various developmental ages, as well as sports diets and pathological diets. Since 2015 he has expanded his career in science outreach. After being selected to participate in EASE (European Academy for Scientific Explainers), she has been involved on the national territory by realizing workshops, projects, and conferences for schools, science festivals, museum facilities, radio, and social networks with the aim of helping adults and children to understand the correct diet. In 2020 she continued to devote herself to research on new sports diets, which led her to the publication of her scientific poster “Body composition without weight oscillation: a new approach to cycling diet in combat sports”, in the XI Edition of the National Congress Space Nutrition


Instagram: @nutrizionistasarahbranchesi

Nutrition Education Through Science Experiments 

Poor nutrition is one of the causes of non-communicable diseases like diabetes, preventable cancer, mental health conditions, and cardiovascular diseases. According to UNICEF, high costs and low affordability means billions of people cannot eat healthy and nutritiously. This state of food poverty also affects our clients and calls for us to respond with innovative and inclusive solutions promoting better nutrition among young people. 

With children from Mama Ngina Children’s Home, our volunteers, and Vanda Gatti – a Biochemist and one of our Directors, we kickstarted science engagement activities focused on nutrition by performing experiments with easy-to-find materials and food using a guidebook called “The Shopping of a Scientist” by Nutritionist Biologist, Sarah Branchesi. Through the experiments, the children can learn about the nutritional value of a variety of food in a fun and playful way, do the experiments on their own, and explain the function of the respective food. Therefore being more aware of what lies behind different kinds of food and how important it is for their growth and development. 


JAY4T has scheduled a calendar of science engagement activities around nutrition and sustainable agriculture to work with young people in Kisumu and to contribute to food security. We are fostering behavior change through education and communication through this intervention while prioritizing child nutrition as the category with the greatest need. Additionally, our agribusiness social enterprise Sote Tule is working to increase availability and access to food among low-income households in Kisumu and gradually in other counties of Kenya through supporting local small-scale producers to produce more nutritious food and linking them to markets including the most food-insecure households. This is with great consideration of cost and affordability.