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5TH LCIRAH ANNUAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE Agri-health research: what have we learned and where to next?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, June 4, 2015 (All day)
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT
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The Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) will be holding its 5th annual research conference, to be held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, on the 3rd and 4th of June, 2015.

This year, the LCIRAH annual conference celebrates its 5th year, providing an opportunity to gather researchers from around the world to examine and reflect critically on what we have learned from agriculture, nutrition and health research in the past five years and what the future research agenda should look like.

Research studies presented will fall into one of the following themes:

  • Agriculture, poverty and health
  • Agriculture, diet and NCDs in development
  • Emerging food borne and zoonotic diseases
  • Value chain approaches in agri-health research
  • Innovative metrics for agriculture and health research and evaluation
  • Impact of environment and climate change on agriculture, health and nutrition

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LCIRAH Conference Side Events 
Please note that three relevant side events will be taking place at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, alongside the LCIRAH conference.

Side Event 1: Women’s time allocation, agriculture and nutrition seminar 
Date: June 2nd, 2015; 2.30-4.30pm (TBC)

Description: Although agriculture is considered to be important to improve nutrition, nevertheless agricultural interventions and practices can have unintended negative consequences on nutritional status via time use because time is a critical factor for resting, childcare and food preparation. Are agricultural interventions well-designed, thereby conserving women’s and men’s time spent on agricultural tasks, or do they put added pressure on other productive and re-productive activities carried out by women and men? In this seminar, the findings of an LCIRAH-IFPRI systematic review on agriculture, gendered time use and nutrition will be presented and discussed.

Side Event 2: Launch of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs report: “Healthy Food for a Healthy World - Leveraging Agriculture and Food to Improve Global Nutrition” 
Date: June 2nd, 2015; 4.30-6.30pm (TBC)

Description: This session will define pathways between the food system and health including nutrition-sensitive approaches to production, processing, research, regulatory and trade, and retailing of agriculture and food products. It will explore opportunities to incentivize collaboration between the agriculture, food, health, and nutrition sectors. It will also consider the nexus between food, nutrition, and sustainability and discuss frameworks for optimizing livelihood, environmental, and health goals. This session is being co-convened by the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Agriculture for Impact and will feature remarks by Catherine Bertini, Distinguished Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and former Executive Director, UN World Food Program; Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Graduate School Professor, Cornell University; Adjunct Professor, University of Copenhagen; Chair, High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition; and Jeff Waage, Technical Advisor, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

Side Event 3: ANH101: Core Disciplines in Agriculture-Nutrition-Health Research Student and Early Career Teaching Seminar 
Date: June 5th, 2015

Description: The emerging field of agri-health research requires researchers to use and engage with theories and methods from several different disciplines, yet most researchers are trained as specialists in just one. The aim of this peer-taught seminar is to provide participants with a broad understanding of the core disciplines and key methods relevant to interdisciplinary agriculture-nutrition-health research, presenting the basics in epidemiology, health and agricultural economics, development studies, nutrition, and anthropology, and providing time for discussion and questions. The seminar is not supposed to make attendees experts in each field; it is supposed to provide key information so that those wishing to engage with a discipline or method know what questions to ask of an expert, or where to go for further information. The target audience for this one-day event is graduate students and early-career researchers aiming to improve their knowledge of the disciplines that are core to interdisciplinary agriculture-nutrition-health research.