Nutrition patterns

As a culturally diverse country, Switzerland faces the challenge how healthy nutrition may be promoted for different population groups. On the other hand, preferences for specific foods differ according to the cultural roots.


  • Lead-Departement Hochschule für Agrar-, Forst- und Lebensmittelwissenschaften
  • Weitere Departemente Gesundheit
  • Institut Ressourceneffiziente landwirtschaftliche Produktionssysteme
  • Forschungseinheit Internationale Landwirtschaft und ländliche Entwicklung
  • Förderorganisation BFH
  • Laufzeit 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2018
  • Projektverantwortung Dr. Pascale Waelti
  • Projektleitung Dr. Pascale Waelti
  • Projektmitarbeitende Dr. Karin Zbinden Gysin
    Dr. Franziska Pfister
    Dr. Karin Haas
    Dr. Alessandra Giuliani
    Dr. Pascale Waelti
  • Schlüsselwörter nutrition, immigration, communauté somalienne, habitudes alimentaires, adaptation, santé


By gaining insight into Somali nutritional habits in their home country and in Switzerland, the reasons behind the food choices and their evolution, the project will identify resources and challenges for healthy food habits.


The project aims at assessing how rural migrant populations from pastoral societies adapt their nutrition patterns when moving to industrialized countries. The reasons behind food choices and the impact on balanced nutrition are analyzed additionally for the two settings. The focus lies on the Somali community. Intervention needs and resources to promote healthy lifestyle changes will be identified and enable the planning of further project stages.