Dr. Mian Kamran Sharif
Pakistani population is suffering from a variety of nutritional deficiency disorders which range from protein-calorie malnutrition to micronutrient deficiencies like Fe, Zn, Iodine, and vitamin A. Besides micronutrient deficiencies, non-communicable diseases like hypercholesterolemia, hyperglycemia, elevated blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer are also prevalent among the masses. To overcome the menace, there is a dire need to focus on diet diversification and diet modification. My research interest is in the fortification of foods especially dietary staples like wheat & rice, processed foods (like kheer, noodles, VitaRice, puffed rice), composite flour technology, snacks for school nutrition programs and food allergens. I have developed process-based fortification technology for the production of Fe and Zinc fortified puffed rice bar from preboiled rice and extruded nutribars from the co-products of the rice and soy processing industry. I have developed ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF) from locally grown raw materials. I am also working on the production of therapeutic foods for the mitigation of non-communicable and lifestyle-associated health disorders. To promote value food entrepreneurship and cottage industry in the country, I am working on the value addition in agricultural commodities through processing, curtailment of postharvest losses, and preparation of syrups, jams, jellies.
Role in pknc
As chair of product development and value additions, I will manage the activities related to the development of nutrient-dense food products along with their safety and quality assessment. Special emphasis will be on the production of designer foods for healthy individuals as well as those suffering from lifestyle-related health disorders. Food multi-mixes and nutrient-enriched supplements will be developed for various age groups especially mothers and children. Capacity-building hands-on training will be organized to promote food entrepreneurship and value addition. Finally, a strong liaison will be established with selected food industries for the commercialization of developed products and enhance the nutritional value of their existing products.
National Institute of Food Science & Technology, Faculty of Food, Nutrition & Home Sciences, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad-38040, Pakistan.