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A number of LCIRAH economists attended the 11th World Congress on Health Economics at University of Bocconi in Milan, held from July 12-15, 2015. This year the congress had a special focus on health economics and nutrition. The conference, attended by 1,400 international academics, saw a large number of organised sessions and individual presentations focusing on topics relevant to LCIRAH.
Socio-economic inequalities in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease are all linked and are largely avoidable causes of inequity in health, wellbeing and productivity outcomes. They are also all linked by the common, modifiable risk factors of active living and healthy diet. During this seminar we describe the development of socio-economic inequalities in obesity in countries like the US, UK and Australia, along with the impact of population-level obesity prevention policy and explore how we might start to reduce these inequalities.
The ‘Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning’ (IFSTAL) is a HEFCE-funded collaboration across a consortium of five higher education institutions: the University of Oxford, City University London, the University of Reading, the University of Warwick and the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH).
This event is hosted by All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development, together with LCIRAH and A4NH (Agriculture for Nutrition and Health). For more information & registration, please visit the external event page.
Village chicken production is practiced by many households in low-income food-deficit countries. Despite low production levels and potentially high losses due to disease, predation and theft, scavenging systems offer the advantage of requiring minimal land, labour and capital inputs. Human undernutrition remains a major public health challenge globally, contributing to over 3 million preventable maternal and child deaths each year.
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, economics, development studies, nutrition, and anthropology, and providing time for discussion and questions.
Agricultural development plays a role in improving nutrition. However, agricultural practices and interventions determine the amount of time dedicated to agricultural and domestic work. Time spent in agriculture – especially by women – competes with time needed for resting, childcare and food preparation, and can have unintended negative consequences for nutrition. Does the evidence confirm that increased time burdens in agriculture have negative impacts on nutrition?
The Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy was launched on 3 June 2015 at the 5th LCIRAH Research Conference.
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LIDC had a chance to interview IFPRI's Hazel Malapit on women's time use in agriculture. The short interview is available on YouTube
This paper investigates the dynamics of gender inequality in the allocation of foods of different nutritional quality within households in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, India. Specifically, by using three rounds of survey data collected in 2006, 2009 and 2013 by the Young Lives study, the paper analyses the evolution of a specific dimension of food security, dietary diversity, over the life-course of two cohorts of children at 5, 8 and 12 years old, and 12 and 15 years old respectively.
As of September 30th, 2014, the call for Competitive Research Grants to Develop Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA Grants) is now open! Due date for applications is November 21, 2014.
4th Annual LCIRAH Research Conference, June 3-4, 2014; Birkbeck College, London
This year's annual LCIRAH conference brought together researchers from around the world to critically examine the impact of global, regional and national agri-food policies, institutions and governance on human health and nutrition. Research and presentation fell into one of the following two broad themes:
1. The impact of agri-food policy on nutrition and health