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The Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy will hold its 3nd Annual Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy Week from 25 – 29 June 2018 in Accra, Ghana.  We invite the global community of researchers and research users  to participate in this event.

The ANH Academy is a global research network of researchers and research-users working at the nexus of agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health. It is part of the three workstreams of the Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Action (IMMANA) programme.  The ANH Academy is jointly founded by the Leverhulme Centre on Integrative Research in Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH)IMMANA and CGIAR's Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). 

The ANH Academy Week is an annual event to facilitate the sharing and learning of evidence on linkages between  agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health. It focuses on research to understand how we can leverage agriculture and food system policies and programmes for improved human nutrition and health, taking into account the rapid change in food systems, their environmental effects and human populations and their food preferences.

The 3rd Annual ANH Academy Week programme will feature Learning Labs (training workshops) offered by ANH Academy partners, a Scientific Conference with invited papers, poster and panel sessions, and many opportunities for networking with other researchers and research-users. The call for abstracts for presentations at the Scientific Conference  is open and described below.  

For more information on ANH Academy Weeks, you are invited to visit our website (ANH-Academy.org) and to view the reports on our 2016 (pdf) and 2017 (pdf) meetings in Africa and Asia.


The ANH Academy invites the submission of abstracts for the Scientific Conference on research at the nexus of agriculture-food systems and nutrition and health to be held in Accra, Ghana from 25-29 June 2018. The conference programme will include invited papers for oral presentations of various formats as well as poster sessions.  We welcome papers from all relevant disciplines.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is midnight (whereever you are located) on 18 February 2018.


Key definitions for the purpose of this call:

 *Nutrition outcomes refer broadly to food consumption trends, food choice behaviours, dietary/feeding patterns, nutrient adequacy of diets.

 *Health outcomes refer to diet related chronic diseases, infectious diseases/health conditions at the nexus agriculture food systems, food safety, environmental safety.

 *Agriculture and food systems include the production, distribution, processing, trade, marketing and consumption of and by food and people, resources and institutions involved in these processes.

Conference themes:

1.      Agriculture-food system policies and programmes and nutrition outcomes

  • What are the impacts of agriculture and food system policies and programmes, including fiscal and monetary policy instruments,  on nutrition-related outcomes? What causal pathways are critical and why?
  • How, why and under what conditions do agriculture/food system policies and programs affect nutrition and health outcomes?
  • What have we learnt in terms of designing, implementing and evaluating “nutrition-sensitive” agriculture-food systems?


2.      Trade, markets and nutrition and health outcomes

  • Do trade and markets drive changes in food choice behaviours and consumption patterns? How and why? 
  • How and why do trade and markets affect diets and nutrition outcomes?


 3.      Agriculture-food systems, environment, and nutrition and health outcomes

  • What are the interactions between agriculture-food systems, the environment, food choice behaviours, and nutrition and health outcomes?
  • What interventions and policy actions generate nutrition, health and environmental co-benefits and how?

4.      Agriculture-food systems, food safety and human health

  • What are the evolving health risks of increasing demand for perishable foods (vegetables, fish, milk, and meat) and more complex food systems and how can they be mitigated?
  • How can food safety and health policies and regulations balance health risks with equity/equality considerations so that poor producers, market agents and consumers can effectively participate in food system transformation?


5.      Agricultural and infectious disease burden

  • What are the interactions between agricultural change and infectious disease burdens, including zoonotic diseases?
  • Who is most likely to be impacted and why?
  • What are the impacts of policies and interventions to mitigate the impacts of agriculture change on infectious diseases?


6.      Innovative methods and metrics in agriculture-food systems and     nutrition/health research

  • What are the innovative methods and metrics and the results of their application in low and middle-income countries (e.g. food environments, drivers of food choices, food system governance, surveillance systems, empowerment, big data analysis, economic evaluation)? 

7.     Economic evaluation of agriculture-nutrition programmes and policies

  • How does economic decisionmaking in households, the private sector and development agencies influence agriculture, nutrition and  health?
  • What is the cost-effectiveness of interventions and policies to support sustainable, nutritious and healthy diets?
  • How can economic evaluation of policies and programs support resource allocation and investments?


8.     Governance and institutions for leveraging agriculture-food system

  • What are the effects of governance systems and institutions on sustainable and healthy agriculture-food systems?   
  • What have we learnt in terms of what governance systems, accountability mechanisms, and institutional arrangements work to minimize conflict of interests, maximize agriculture and nutrition goals, why and how?


Note: Gender and equity are crosss-cutting themes


How to submit and submission deadline

Authors should submit abstracts through the form below by 18 February 2017. Any queries can be directed to ANH-Academy@LSHTM.ac.uk.

Selection process

The ANH Academy Week Scientific Conference receives more abstracts than it can accept for oral or poster presentations. Therefore, abstracts will be reviewed by an expert panel and selected on the basis of their scientific quality, originality and relevance to the themes above.  The panel will make a decision on whether an abstract is selected for an oral presenation or a poster session. All poster presenters will have the opportunity to present a one minute summary of their poster during a Conference plenary session.  Presentations that describes particularly exciting work in progress without results may be considered, but only for posters.

Please note that we are seeking presentations of the results of recent scientific research using robust quantitative and /or qualitative methodological approaches. We will give preference to studies that address interdisciplinary questions. For instance, a study that examines the relationship between food systems and nutrition would be favoured over a paper that only reports research on food systems or  nutrition that might be relevant to Conference themes.  


Financial support

The ANH Academy is offering a limited number of bursaries to presenters from developing countries to contribute towards travel costs and accommodation. Applicants who express an interest in applying for a bursary will be sent information in early 2018. Please ensure that you register your interest in the final question on the abstract submission page.

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