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Lydia Kaume, PhD, RDN

National Program Leader

Lydia Kaume, PhD, RDN is a National Program Leader in the Division of Nutrition, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA (NIFA). Lydia leads the Small Business Innovation Programs (SBIR) 8.5 and the Community Foods Projects Program.

Prior to joining NIFA, Dr. Kaume specialized in translating nutrition research and evidence into extension programs to advance the strategic goals of the land grant university mission. Dr. Kaume is a graduate of two prestigious Leadership Programs, and a recipient of several awards. She received a Bachelor of Education at Kenyatta University, Kenya, a Master’s in Human Nutrition, and her Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville; and completed her dietetic internship at Iowa State University. Lydia has authored and co-authored several technical and non-technical publications in her field. She is also a member of the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition, American Society of Nutrition.

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