Nutritional Investment for Growth and Transformation (NIGAT)

How can we make sure no one goes to bed hungry? How do countries make sure they have enough to feed their population? How can we make sure that a healthy diet is an easy choice for everyone? How do we ensure that every individual, family, community organization, and government are well informed and empowered enough to work towards a sustainable healthy diet?


NIGAT Consultancy is established by Dr. Tesfaye Hailu Bekele, an Ethiopian diaspora based in the Netherlands. Its mission is to facilitate mutual learning from European and African nations about changes and transformation of food systems for healthier diets. This can be achieved through implementation research, facilitating innovation and technology transfer, short term training and courses, use of local and scientific knowledge, efficient use of available resources and skills on accessing a sustainable healthy diet.

This logo shows our bright future on a sustainable healthy diet starting from today. NIGAT an Amharic word which means “the start of a new day”. Our vision is to see that no one goes to bed hungry, and a healthy diet is an easy choice for all on our planet. NIGAT’s mission is to drive positive change through education and training, implementation research, and the provision of expert advice on sustainable healthy diet and food systems transformation.

What's in the logo?


Investments for

Growth and


Nutrition is essential for maintaining health, preventing diseases, and promoting growth and development. Poor nutrition can lead to various health problems, including undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and chronic diseases. A balanced diet that provides the right mix of macro- and micronutrients, and other essential components is for supporting overall health and life.

Investments are influenced by a combination of factors, including an investor's financial goals, risk tolerance, time horizon, and market conditions. The final goal of nutritional investment is to achieve development objectives, such as increasing productivity, reducing burden of diseases, improving nutrition status, or meeting investment return goals while managing and mitigating risks.

Growth is personal or intellectual development, progress, or improvement in various aspects of life. This includes knowledge, skills, and emotional well being. Organizational growth may be pursued to increase impact, improve sustainability, fulfill a strategic vision, or respond to changing external conditions.

Transformation of food systems is a profound and fundamental change or alteration in the form, nature, structure, character, or appearance. Transformation can occur in various contexts, including business, technology, personal development, social and cultural aspects, governance, creativity and implementation. It often involves a significant transition from the current systems and conditions to innovative systems.


The consultancy services include research, training, education, program development, and policy advice on food systems for a healthier and sustainable diet.

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  • Designing or Redesigning Food Based Dietary Guidelines in food system roadmap

  • Implementation of Food-Based Dietary Guidelines through different food system initiatives

  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Food-Based Dietary Guidelines Implementation as a measure of success and lesson learned

“The glocolearning approach is very innovative, creative and science-based at the same time.”

Charlotte Pedersen
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Denmark

Tesfaye Hailu

  • Tesfaye is the founder of NIGAT consultancy. He obtained BSc in Applied chemistry from Ambo University in 2007 (in Ethiopia), MSc in human nutrition from Hawassa University in 2013 (in Ethiopia) and a PhD in Public Health Human Nutrition from Wageningen University & Research in 2022 in the Netherlands.

    Tesfaye Hailu Bekele
    P: +31613498720
    A: Nobelweg 60. Wageningen, 6706GD

Past and ongoing projects

>> Optimizing diets at the subregional level in Ethiopia to inform agricultural programs of healthier diets

>> Translating food-based dietary guidelines (FBDGs) into behavioral change communication material

>> Validating and developing the sustainability score for the Diet Quality Questionnaire (DQQ)

>> Mapping food systems choice and interactions using food system countdown indicators

>>  Piloting implementation phase of FBDG's for the rural households in Ethiopia

>> Developing systems framework for indigenous foods in Ethiopia following food systems approach

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