Londa Nwadike

Extension Associate Professor of Food Safety for Kansas State University and the University of Missouri


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In a unique joint appointment between Kansas State University and the University of Missouri, Londa (Vanderwal) Nwadike serves as State Extension Food Safety Specialist for both Kansas and Missouri. She works with county/district Extension agents and other stakeholders in both states to develop programming and resources in food safety, focusing on consumer, produce grower, and farmer's market vendor issues. To learn more about her work with extension food safety, CLICK HERE.

Londa has worked for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization based in Rome, Italy. She also has extensive experience living and traveling in Africa. Immediately prior to moving to the Kansas City area for this new position, Londa served as Extension Food Safety Specialist for the University of Vermont. She grew up on a farm in South Dakota, so is excited to return to the region with her family.



  • Ph.D., Public Health/Agricultural Health and Safety, University of Iowa, 2009
  • M.S., Food Science, Kansas State University, 2002
  • B.S., Animal Science and Food Science, South Dakota State University, 2000

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Research Interests

  • Behavior change in consumers in relation to food safety practices
  • Methods of providing food safety information to consumers
  • Community Participatory Research


Publications/ Scholarly Work

Desiree, K., Schwann, C., Ly, V, Hok, L, Nwadike, L, Phebus, R, Vipham, J. “Investigating Salmonella enterica, generic Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Coliforms on Fresh Vegetables Sold in Informal Markets in Cambodia”. Journal of Food Protection. accepted on Dec 11, 2020

Valentina Trinetta, Austin McDaniel, Konstantinos G. Batziakas, Umut Yucel, Londa Nwadike, Eleni Pliakoni. “Antifungal packaging films to maintain quality and control postharvest diseases in strawberries.” Antibiotics, accepted Sept 16, 2020.

Desiree, K., Schwann, C., Ly, V, Hok, L, Nwadike, L, Phebus, R, Vipham, J. “Defining the Flow and Food Safety Behaviors of Actors in the Cambodian Vegetable Value Chain.” Food Protection Trends, Vol 40, No 5, p 349-362. August 2020.

Coffey, B.K., V. Trinetta, Nwadike, and U. Yucel. (2020) " Producer Willingness to Pay for Enhanced Packaging to Prevent Post-harvest Decay of Strawberries," Journal of Applied Farm Economics. Volume 3, Issue 1. https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jafe/vol3/iss1/3. April 2020.