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Registration opens for 2nd LCIRAH Workshop 'The Role of Agricultural and Food Systems Research in Combating Chronic Disease for Development'

The Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), based at LIDC, will hold its second annual agri-health conference on 2-3 July 2012, exploring the theme of using research to combat chronic non-communicable diseases for development.

Nutrition-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including obesity, heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, represent the leading causes of death and disability worldwide with the greatest prevalence in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) where nearly 80% of NCD deaths occur. The increasing prevalence of NCDs in even the poorest regions of the world has potentially enormous consequences for international development. However, the linkages between NCDs, poverty and constraints to development are not universally well-recognised, and it is important that a clearer case be made to mobilise more widespread attention from the development community.

The conference will gather together ca. 150 experts in agriculture, health and development policy to:
•    Obtain sharper focus on the framing of NCDs as a development problem
•    Explore how interventions in agriculture and food can influence NCD problems in LMICs
•    Identify an interdisciplinary research agenda to address the role of agriculture and food systems in combating NCD problems.

Registration for this free event is open until 22 June.

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LCIRAH is a new Centre established under a five-year £3.5m grant from The Leverhulme Trust to build a new intersectoral and interdisciplinary platform for integrating research in agriculture and health, with a focus on international development goals.

This Centre is enabling researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, School of Oriental and African Studies, School of Pharmacy, Royal Veterinary College and their partners, to work together to develop unifying research approaches and methodologies that integrate agricultural and health research.