James John Banda


Currently working with Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development in Department of fisheries. I am responsible for writing concept papers for Food Processing and Value Addition and quality management. Designing, conducting and implementing new processing technologies such as solar tent fish dryers and energy efficient smoking kilns. Planning and implementation of research projects in fish processing and product development. Monitoring fish quality in the commercial fisheries sector. I also spear head laboratory analyses such as proximate analysis (nutrient content), microbial analysis, organoleptic test and shelf life of fresh and processed fish products. In addition, I support youth enterprises in fish value addition. I am also involved documenting scientific and publication of relevant scientific papers.


Area of Interest

Quality and risk evaluation of safety hazards in food products. Product development quality and shelf life analyses, Nutritional surveys and research, product nutrition education-theories and application.

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Banda J, Chigwechokha P, Singini W, Msiska O, Simbeye J. 2017. The Shelf life of Solar Tent Dried and Open Sun Dried Diplotaxodon limnothrissa (Ndunduma)-Pisces; Cichlidae.  International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies. 5(5): 212-218.

Banda J., Katundu M., Chiwaula L., Kanyerere G., Ngochera M., and Kamtambe K., 2017,  Nutritional, microbial and sensory quality of solar tent dried (Samva Nyengo) and open  sun dried Copadichromis virginalis-Utaka (Pisces; Cichlidae), International Journal of Marine Science, 7(11): 95-100 (doi: 10.5376/ijms.2017.07.0011).

Chiwaula S.L, Chirwa G, Binauli L, Banda J, Nagoli J. 2018. Gender Differences in Willingness to Pay for Capital Intensive Agricultural Technologies: the case of Fish Solar Tent Dryers in Malawi. Journal of Agricultural and Food Economics (DOI 10.1186/s40100-018-0096-2).

Banda J, Simbeye J, Chisale E, Kanyerere G, Kamtambe K. 2016. Quality Analysis of Lake   Malawi's Diplotaxodon Fish Species Processed in Solar Tent Dryer versus Open Sun Drying. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences Vol: 3, No: 7.

Singini W, Msiska O, Mattson N, Kaunda E, Banda J. Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations. 2017. Lake Malombe Fisheries Value Chain Analysis FAO- TCP PROJECT (TCP/MLW/3504). FAO Repository.

Makawa Z, Banda J, Kaunda E. 2017. Building climate change resilience in the Fisheries sector -in Malawi FAO-TCP project (TCP/MLW/3504). Processing Methods of Lake Malombe, Mangochi District. FAO Repository. 

Banda J,  Boone B, Tamra R, Chipata W, Chirwa, Darren H, Manyenga W, Preddy W, 2016. Fish Contamination in the market supply chain-Lake Malawi-Nkhata Bay-Mzuzu.