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IMMANA - ANH Academy and African Nutrition Society to partner on a new webinar series “Agriculture-Nutrition-Health linkages: Research in the African context”

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 14:00 to Monday, November 6, 2017 - 14:30

The ANH Academy and the African Nutrition Society are delighted to announce a new webinar series exploring critical links between agriculture, livelihoods, health and individual and household nutrition in Africa.

The webinars invite early career researchers from across the Academy and ANS membership to discuss research methodologies, metrics and policy implications of studies that seek to better understand, measure and analyse these linkages. The series is designed to foster meaningful, innovative and international peer-to-peer conversations by utilising the global ANH Academy research network and ANS membership.


Dr. Amos Laar, Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana/ President of African Nutrition Society, said: 'In line with ANS' long-standing commitment to capacity development, this partnership between the Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy and the ANS is yet another opportunity to share and strengthen the capacity of both participants and facilitators. It is an important contribution to nutrition capacity development efforts in the continent.'

Dr. Suneetha Kadiyala, Associate Professor in Nutrition-Sensitive Development, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine/ ANH Academy, said: 'We are very excited to be launching this new platform for early career researchers. We are hoping it will give them an opportunity to share knowledge in a safe space, and advance their professional development. We are particularly thrilled to be doing this in partnership with the African Nutrition Society, who brings together hundreds of nutrition professionals from across the continent.' 

The webinar series consists of five sessions running from October 2017 till February 2018, and brings together researchers from around the globe working at the interdisciplinary crossroads of agriculture-nutrition-health to explore emerging issues, share ideas and identify critical issues that will drive future research in the African context. With a strong research focus, the series will provide a platform for early career researchers to share their on-going work and topical studies, and engage with the international research community around issues that are pertinent in Africa, with lesson learning for other contexts.

Webinars will take place on a monthly basis and the ANH Academy online forum will be used to facilitate the cross-fertilisation of ideas, experiences, relevant research and resources among participants and presenters between sessions. The series is formed of five webinars. 

Webinar schedule

Session 1 - Caregiver capabilities: A Hidden Link between Agriculture, Nutrition and Child Health

Dr. Cynthia Matare, Nutrition Scientist, Cornell University/ IMA World Health
19 October 2017,  2 – 3.30 pm (BST/ London time)

Session 2 - Building stronger linkages between agriculture and nutrition for health and development: the Ghana context

Dr. Richmond Aryeetey, Senior Lecturer with the University of Ghana School of Public Health
6 November 2017, 2 – 3.30 pm (BST/ London time)


Each webinar will last 90 minutes, beginning with a presentation and followed by a discussion/Q&A session moderated by Dr. Linley Chiwona-Karltun of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and other distinguished scholars.

Who should attend

The webinar is intended for early career researchers and users of research (recent graduates, Masters students, PhD students, recent PhDs, junior professionals) interested in the areas of agriculture, nutrition and/ or health. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


A certificate of engagement will be awarded to participants that fulfil a set of criteria:

  • Participant has attended at least three sessions.
  • All sessions will be recorded. If a participant is unable to attend a session, they should watch the recording in their own time and complete a short quiz before the next webinar.
  • Participant has engaged in conversation and provided comments and inputs in the discussion forum.
  • Participant has completed an evaluation form for the seminar series.

For more information, see here.