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