Wenche Barth Eide

Professor Emeritus - Public Health Nutrition
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Other affiliations Department of Nutrition

Academic interests

  • Nutrition, specialising in Public Nutrition (including Public Health Nutrition) in its national and international dimensions.
  • Relationship with international human rights with focus on economic, social and cultural rights (the right to adequate food, the right to health, etc.).
  • The need to develop human resources/capacity building in these interdisciplinary areas.
  • The need to promote methodological research in the interface between public health nutrition and human rights norms/principles and practice

Courses taught

  • ERN3200 - Preventive and clinical nutrition


Higher education

  • Postgraduate Academic Diploma in Nutrition, University of London, 1965-66
  • Cand. real. Zoology (Zoo-physiology), 1962


  • Associate  Professor, University of Oslo, Department of Nutrition (until 1997 under Nordic School of Nutrition at UiO), ending January 2005; temporarily employed January-February 2011; currently in active emerita status
  • Technical Adviser in Nutrition, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome, from September 1989 - March 1994 (on leave from UiO).Consultant, Norwegian Research Council (at the time Council for Research on Societal Planning, RFSP)  2 months in 1981 to draft a programme for Research in economic, social and cultural rights, as developed by an expert committee.
  • Consultant to the UN System (UN Protein-Calorie Advisory Group, PAG) to lead an African-Norwegian interdiscpålinary team to prepare a first ever report of the UN on ”Women in Food Production, Food Handling and Nutrition”, on leave from UiO 18 months, 1975-1976.
  • University Fellow, Institute for Nutrition Research, 1963-1966


  • The Internationalisation Prize of the Oslo Student Parliament, 2005
  • Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, 2015 for contributions to the development of the Right to Adequate Food as a human right

Positions held

  • Member Board of Trustees, International Foundation for Science (IFS), 2008 - 2016
  • Member BOT of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C., 1996-2003
  • Member BOT of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), 1995-1998
  • Member of Norad's Research Committee, and 
  • Member of Central Committee for Norwegian Research (Hovedkomiteen for Norsk Forskning), both for several years from around 1980
  • Leader, Centre for International Development Studies (SIU), University of Oslo, 1981-1988


  • Central in the early developments of  several North-South cooperative programmes between UiO and academic institutions in the third world: Generally in the case of Zimbabwe; Mali; specifically for nutrition in South Africa re. student mobility (UKZN, UCT, SU) and master supervision (UCT and SU).Collaboration with Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape (UCWC) on promoting the right to food at Nutrition departments in South African universities.
  • Academic Coordinator in NOMA funded master programme on “Nutrition, Human Rights and Governance”  with Stellenbosch University in Cape Town and Makerere University in Uganda 2010-2014.
Tags: Nutrition, Mother and child, Nutrition Policy, Governance, Human Rights, Right to adequate food/Right to Health


  • Nahalomo, Aziiza; Iversen, Per Ole; Rukundo, Milton Peter; Kaaya, Archileo; Kikafunda, Joyce; Eide, Wenche Barth; Marais, Maritha; Wamala, Edward & Kabahenda, Margaret (2018). Realization of the right to adequate food and the nutritional status of land evictees: A case for mothers/caregivers and their children in rural Central Uganda. BMC International Health and Human Rights.  ISSN 1472-698X.  18:21, s 1- 13 . doi: 10.1186/s12914-018-0162-6
  • Eide, Wenche Barth & Eide, Asbjørn (2016). Regulations under international human rights law and under EU law - two different regimes that could be better harmonized?: the case of food and health. European Journal of Risk Regulation.  ISSN 1867-299X.  7(4), s 728- 732
  • Marais, M.L.; McLachlan, M.H. & Eide, Wenche Barth (2016). The NOMA track module on nutrition, human rights and governance: Part 1. Perceptions held by Master’s students.. African Journal of Health Professions Education.  ISSN 2078-5127.  8(2), s 152- 159 Show summary
  • Marais, M.L.; McLachlan, M.H. & Eide, Wenche Barth (2016). The NOMA track module on nutrition, human rights and governance: Part 2. A transnational curriculum using a human rights-based approach to foster key competencies in nutrition professionals. African Journal of Health Professions Education.  ISSN 2078-5127.  8(2), s 160- 165 . doi: 10.7196/AJHPE.2016.v8i2.554
  • Vogt, Line Erikstad; Rukooko, Byaruhanga; Iversen, Per Ole & Eide, Wenche Barth (2016). Human rights dimensions of food, health and care in children's homes in Kampala, Uganda - A qualitative study. BMC International Health and Human Rights.  ISSN 1472-698X.  16(1) . doi: 10.1186/s12914-016-0086-y
  • Rendal Torgersen, Karianne; Eide, Wenche Barth; Marais, Maritha & Iversen, Per Ole (2014). THE ROLE OF GRANDMOTHERS AS THE PRIMARY CAREGIVERS IN POOR HOUSEHOLDS AND THEIR OWN RIGHT TO ADEQUATE FOOD: EXAMINING TWO COMMUNITIES IN THE BREEDE VALLEY, WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA. East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights.  ISSN 1021-8858.  20, s 414- 436
  • Karlsen, Elisabeth; Aurdal, Kristine Stray; Terragni, Laura; Eide, Wenche Barth & Iversen, Per Ole (2013). A Human Rights-Based Approach to Challenges and Opportunities in the Process of Fulfilling Nursing Home Residents’ Right to Adequate Food. Nordic Journal of Human Rights.  ISSN 1891-8131.  (3), s 402- 427
  • Stupar, Dijana; Eide, Wenche Barth; Bourne, Lesley; Hendricks, Michael; Iversen, Per Ole & Wandel, Margareta (2012). The nutrition transition and the human right to adequate food for adolescents in the Cape Town metropolitan area: Implications for nutrition policy. Food Policy.  ISSN 0306-9192.  37(3), s 199- 206 . doi: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2012.02.007
  • Andresen, Ellen Cecilie; Wandel, Margareta; Eide, Wenche Barth; Herselman, M & Iversen, Per Ole (2009). Delivery of the Nutrition Supplementation Programme in the Cape Town metropolitan area from the perspective of mothers of under-fives: A qualitative study. South African Journal of Child Health.  ISSN 1994-3032.  3(3), s 90- 95
  • Damman, Siri; Eide, Wenche Barth & Kuhnein, HV (2008). Indigenous peoples' nutrition transition in a right to food perspective. Food Policy.  ISSN 0306-9192.  33 . doi: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2007.08.002
  • Eide, Wenche Barth; Oshaug, Arne & Sidibe, Ousmane (2003). Mobilising states and other actors for a rights-based approach to food and nutritional health, In  Moderne aspects of nutrition : present knowledge and future perspectives.  Krager.  s 141 - 142
  • Oshaug, Arne & Eide, Wenche Barth (2003). The long process of giving content to an economic, social and cultural right : twenty-five years with the case of the right to adequate food, In  Human rights and criminal justice for the downtrodden.  Marinus Nijhoff Publishers.  s 325 - 369
  • Eide, Wenche Barth (2002). Nutrition and Human Rights, In  Nutrition: A Foundation for Development.  UN ACC/Sub-Committee on Nutrition. Show summary
  • Eide, Wenche Barth (2002). Nutrition and Human Rights, In  Nutrition: A Foundation for Development.  UN ACC/Sub-Committee on Nutrition. Show summary
  • Eide, Wenche Barth; Damman, Siri; Silkoset, Unni; Helsing, Elisabet & Oshaug, Arne (2002). Training for contemporary understanding of the human nutrition condition : globalisation, human rights and governance as dimensions of the study and practice of public nutrition in the 21st centruy - experiences from recent educational innovations at the University of Oslo. ?.  2(1), s 46- 55
  • Eide, Wenche Barth (2001). Breaking Conceptual and Methodological Ground: Promoting the Human Right to Adequate Food and Nutrition. An example of activism with an academic base. Ecology of Food and Nutrition.  ISSN 0367-0244.  40(6), s 571- 595 Show summary
  • Eide, Wenche Barth & Oshaug, Arne (1999). The nature and levels of state involvement in governance towards food security. A conceptual, normative approach with practical implications, In Ade Ogunrinade & Julian May (ed.),  Not By Bread Alone: Food Security and Governance in Africa.  University of Witvatersrand Press, Johannesburg, South Africa. Show summary
  • Eide, Wenche Barth & Kracht, Uwe (1999). The International Code on the Human Right to Adequate Food: stepping stone on the road to rights-based development. Institut International Jacques Maritain, Notes ET Documents, XXIVième année. Show summary
  • Eide, Wenche Barth & Oshaug, Arne (1997). Community, public, and global nutrition. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  ISSN 0002-9165.  66, s 197- 198
  • Eide, Wenche Barth; Alfredsson, Gudmundur & Oshaug, Arne (1996). Human resource building for the promotion of nutrition rights. Food Policy.  ISSN 0306-9192.  21, s 139- 152
  • Oshaug, Arne; Eide, Wenche Barth & Eide, Asbjørn (1994). Human rights: a normative basis for food and nutrition policies. Food Policy.  ISSN 0306-9192.  19, s 491- 516

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  • Eide, Wenche Barth (2015). Chapter 4. Strengthening food security through human rights: A moral and legal imperative and practical opportunity.. Routledge.  ISBN 978-0-415-82255-8.  21 s.
  • Eide, Wenche Barth & Kracht, Uwe (ed.) (2007). Food and Human Rights in Development: Evolving Issues and Emerging Applications, volume 2. Intersentia.  ISBN 978-90-5095-459-4.  566 s.
  • Eide, Wenche Barth & Kracht, Uwe (ed.) (2006). Food and Human Rights in Development. Volume 2: Envolving issues and emerging applications. Intersentia.  ISBN 90-5095-459-6.  450 s.
  • Eide, Wenche Barth & Kracht, Uwe (ed.) (2005). Food and Human Rights in Development, Volume 1; Legal and institutional dimensions and selected topics. Intersentia.  ISBN 90-5095-385-9.  528 s.
  • Eide, Wenche Barth & Kracht,, U. (ed.) (2005). Food and Human Rights in Development Volume I: Legal and Institutional dimensions. Intersentia.  ISBN 90-5095-385-9.  528 s.
  • Eide, Asbjørn & Eide, Wenche Barth (1999). Article 25 - the right to an adequate standard of living. Kluwer Academic Publishers.  ISBN 90-411-1168-9.  28 s.

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  • Eide, Wenche Barth; Torheim, Liv Elin; Løvhaug, Anne Lene & Eide, Asbjørn (2017). Progress in defining and promoting respect for human rights in the food and nutrition-relevant business sector. UNSCN News.  (42), s 95- 101
  • Tømte, Aksel; Eide, Asbjørn; Eide, Wenche Barth & Erdal, Marit (ed.) (2017). Investments and Land Rights : the role of the private sector in ensuring responsible governance of tenure. NCHR Occasional Paper Series. 8/2017.
  • Eide, Wenche Barth & Maunder, Eleni M.W. (2016). A Human rights-Based Approach to Community and Public Nutrition. Theoretical Underpinnings and Evolving Experiences, In Norman J Temple (ed.),  Community Nutrition for Developing Countries.  AU Press and UNISA.  ISBN 978-1927356111.  Chapter 1.
  • Torheim, Liv Elin; Eide, Wenche Barth; Granheim, Sabrina IDO; Oshaug, Arne; Roalkvam, Sidsel; Afrim-Narh, Abraham Tetteh & Eide, Asbjørn (2014). “Big Food”challenges: Can the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights serve to promote the human rights to adequate food and health?.
  • Rendal, K.T.; Iversen, Per Ole; Eide, Wenche Barth & Marais, M.L. (2013). HOW DOES THE ROLE OF GRANDMOTHERS AS PRIMARY CAREGIVERS IN POOR HOUSEHOLDS, COMPROMISE THEIR OWN RIGHT TO ADEQUATE FOOD?. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism.  ISSN 0250-6807.  63, s 670- 670
  • Bard, A A; Eide, Wenche Barth; Immink, M & Oshaug, Arne (2006). Practical Methods to Monitor the Human Right to Adequate Food : Volume 2 : Approaches and Tools.
  • Oshaug, Arne; Bard, A A; Eide, Wenche Barth & Immink, M (2006). Practical Methods to Monitor the Human Right to Adequate Food : Volume 1 : Enhancing the Case for Monitoring the Human Right to Adequate Food - A Framework.
  • Eide, Wenche Barth (2002). Gender and Nutrition. HUNGRY for what is right.  ?(3) Show summary
  • Eide, Wenche Barth (2001). Nutrition from below and from above. Bokanmeldelse: Thomas J. Marchione (ed.): Scaling Up, Scaling Down. Overcoming Malnutrition in Developing Countries. Gordon and Breach Publishers[/Overseas Publishers Association, Amsteldijk, The Netherlands], 1999. Scandinavian Journal of Nutrition.  ISSN 1102-6480.  45(3), s 37- 37
  • Eide, Wenche Barth (2001). Promoting nutrition security goals: defining and assessing accountability through a human rights approach The contribution of community capacity development for monitoring aspects of the realisation of the rights to food, health and care for nutritional well-being.
  • Eide, Wenche Barth (2001, 16. oktober). World Food System - Serving all or serving some?. [Radio].  USA World Food Day Teleconference/George Washington University, Washington DC : US National World Food Day Committee.
  • Eide, Wenche Barth; Oshaug, Arne & Sidibe, Ousmane (2001). Mobilising states and other actors for a right-based approach to food and nutrition - exploring some critical aspects of the process.
  • Eide, Wenche Barth (1999). The right to food as a human right - in Europe, too?. Show summary
  • Eide, Wenche Barth & Valente, Flavio Luis Schieck (1998). Operationalising Rights and 0bligations in the Fields, Nutrition, Water and Health - and their Interconnections. Show summary

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