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(Deadline: 15 January 2019

5th Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy Week 

29 June – 3 July, Malawi

The Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy will hold its fifth Annual Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy Week from 29 -June – 3 July 2020, in Malawi.  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 Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Action (IMMANA) programme and is jointly coordinated by the London 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 designed to facilitate the sharing of evidence and learning on linkages between agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health. It focuses on qualitative and quantitative research to understand how we can leverage agriculture and food system policies and programmes, considering the rapid changes in food systems, the environment, human populations and their food preferences. 

The 5th Annual ANH Academy Week programme will feature Learning Labs (training workshops) offered by ANH Academy partners, a Research 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 Research 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, 2017, 2018, and 2019 meetings in Africa and Asia. 


The ANH Academy invites the submission of abstracts for the Research Conference on the nexus of agriculture and food systems, nutrition and health to be held in Malawi from 1 – 3 July 2020. The conference programme will include selected papers for oral presentations of various formats as well as poster sessions. We welcome abstracts from all relevant disciplines, including but not limited to economics, nutrition, public health, epidemiology, environmental sciences, agronomy, social and political sciences, and anthropology.

Key definitions for the purpose of this call:

Nutrition outcomes refer broadly to food consumption, food choice behaviours, dietary/feeding patterns, adequacy of diets, and nutritional status (including double burden of malnutrition).

Health outcomes refer to diet-related chronic diseases, mental health, infectious diseases, and health conditions associated with agricultural environments and food systems, including zoonoses and anti-microbial resistance, and food safety.

Agriculture and food systems include food production, distribution, processing, trade, marketing; and the resources, systems, stakeholders, and institutions involved in these processes.

Nutrition/health pathways include upstream determinants of agriculture and food systems (examples: environment, land-use, ecology, governance, macro-economic policies) and their impacts – socioeconomic, distributional, cultural, agro-ecological, geographical, behavioral etc. – which have implications on nutrition and health outcomes. For instance, these could involve the pathway linking agriculture and food systems, household water security and infectious disease transmission; or the pathways linking food advertising, food cultures, diet quality and diet-related chronic conditions.

Conference themes

  1. Global food system governance and political economy E.g. Power relations; conflict of interest; accountability; values; incentives; risks for chronic diseases from complex and global food systems; communications and advocacy for translating research and policy change.
  2. Macro-policy pathways and impacts E.g. Trade, fiscal and monetary policies; regulations, subsidies, investments; agricultural   drivers of chronic disease and double burden of malnutrition etc. 
  3. Diets and nutrition in conflict, protracted and/or humanitarian contexts E.g. Food systems in fragile settings; safety and security in the provision of diets, agri-food logistics and value chain strategies in complex emergencies; migration and food security; disaster risk reduction: preparations and recovery in food systems.
  4. Learning from failure and success: Implementation science and programme impacts E.g. Lessons learnt from designing, implementing and evaluating complex programmes; trade-offs in complex programme design and evaluation; scaling up; lessons from what has not worked; trade-offs between program benefits and concurrent undesirable impacts; novel policy or interventional impacts of agriculture-food systems on nutrition and health pathways; comparative research across contexts and intervention typologies; negative results.
  5. Economic evaluation and financing of multi-sectoral programmes E.g. Economic decision making among households, public and private sectors; methods for estimating costs, cost-effectiveness, and cost-efficiency of multi-sectoral policies/programmes with multiple consequences; application of costs for national and global strategic planning.
  6. Behavioural research related to diets, nutrition and health E.g. Motivations, capabilities, incentives, and opportunities of individuals (including mental health), households and institutions; drivers of food choice (including private sector); personal and external food environments.
  7. Innovative methods, tools, and metrics E.g. Methods, tools, and metrics to study complex systems, nutrition-health pathways in agriculture and food systems; innovation in implementation science research; innovative causal identification designs; comparative research (how do results obtained with different methods, tools, and metrics on the same topic compare or differ); taking stock of what worked and what did not in terms of methods, metrics, and tools, and identifying gaps.
  8. Agricultural technologies, IT and big data: Impacts for nutrition and health E.g. Opportunities, applications and implications of technological innovations such as blockchain, precision farming and drones for food systems, nutrition and health in LMICs; making sense of ‘what data is out there’; application of merging and using big data; taking stock of what worked and what did not.
  9. Health risks and impacts in agriculture and food systems E.g. Occupational exposures and/or negative externalities associated with food system livelihoods, resource inputs and by-products etc.; food safety; mental health; land-use change (including urbanisation) and disease spread; agricultural drivers of zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance; health risks of complex and global food systems.
  10. Environmental effects, sustainability and planetary health E.g. Impacts of climate and environmental change on agriculture, nutrition and health, sustainable and healthy diets; impact of global food systems on planetary health; climate change adaptation and resilience; food waste.

How to submit and submission deadline

Authors should submit abstracts in the form at the bottom of this page by 15 January 2020 at 23.59 GMT. Any queries can be directed to ANH-Academy@LSHTM.ac.uk

Selection process

The ANH Academy Week Research Conference receives more abstracts than it can accept for oral or poster presentations. Therefore, abstracts will be reviewed by the ANH Academy Week 2020 Scientific Committee and selected on the basis of their scientific quality, originality, and relevance to the themes and methods mentioned above. The panel will decide on whether an abstract is selected for an oral presentation 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. 

To encourage diverse styles of research communication, to accommodate different disciplines and to break up long conference sessions, this year’s oral presenters will be encouraged to use different formats. Those invited for oral presentations will be consulted on potential options.

What we are looking for

We will give preference to studies that address truly interdisciplinary questions, capture emerging debates, and contain substantive innovative analytical content relating to nutrition/health pathways in agriculture and food systems. 

Please note that we are seeking presentations with a strong cross-cutting focus along the above research themes:

  • Results and lessons learned from scientific research, and not research plans
  • Studies that use innovative methods or metrics, or existing approaches applied in relevant new ways
  • Studies that investigate equity concerns in any of the above mentioned themes 
  • Studies that did not work (‘lessons from failure’) 

Scientific research from any discipline using a variety of rigorous methodological approaches – qualitative, mixed-methods or quantitative methodological approaches – are welcome.

Abstracts must be submitted under one of the above 10 themes. 

Financial support

The ANH Academy is offering a limited number of bursaries to presenters to contribute towards travel costs and accommodation. Applicants from low-and middle- income countries will be prioritised.

Applications for bursaries will open after the abstracts have been selected for oral and poster presentations. Applicants who express an interest in applying for a bursary will be sent information in early 2020. Please ensure that you register your interest in the final question on the abstract submission page. 

If you have any questions, please contact the ANH Academy Week team at  ANH-Academy@LSHTM.ac.uk.  

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