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LCIRAH Conference 2014

Agri-food policy and governance for nutrition and health.


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
  2. Optimizing the impact of institutions and governance in the agri-food system on human health and nutrition (including research on governments, donors, NGOs, lobbying groups; relationships between global policy and national/regional decision-making; funding priorities; trade-offs in agri-health; and intersectoral initiatives).

LCIRAH conference report

LCIRAH conference programme


Session 1: Institutions for nutrition and health

Keynote lecture: Nutrition-enhancing policies for food and agricultural system (PPT)
Per Pinstrup-Andersen (Cornell University, USA)

Does governance matter for stunting reduction? New cross-country evidence (PPT)
Lawrence Haddad (Institute for Development Studies, UK)

Agriculture and nutrition in South Asia and Eastern Africa: politics, policies, institutions, Incentives (PPT)
Mara van den Bold (International Food Policy Research Institute , USA)

Investigating barriers and best practices for intersectoral collaboration and active participation in the FAO/WHO International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) (PPT)
Carmen Joseph Savelli (World Health Organization, Switzerland)

Learning from history: agriculture and food based approaches to address malnutrition at the World Bank over time (PPT)
Yurie Tanimichi Hoberg (World Bank, USA)

Session 2: Food System Policies, Part 1

Why we need food systems policies for nutrition and health?
Corinna Hawkes (World Cancer Research Fund International, UK)

Increase of vegetable oil consumption under food regimes: a preceding example of Japan to be compared with rapid increase of vegetable oil availability in Asian countries especially in China (PPT)
Midori Hiraga (Kyoto University, Japan)

Is more inclusive more effective? The impact of more inclusive public distribution systems in four states of India
Avinash Kishore (International Food Policy Research Institute, USA)

Food safety policy in nine African countries in the context of smallholder farmer livelihoods and safety of animal source foods consumed by the poor (PPT)
Delia Grace (International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya)

Session 3: Trade Policy, Supply Chains and Macro Modeling

Biting off more than we can chew? Globalization and its impact on agriculture, food and health (PPT)
Richard Smith (LSHTM/LCIRAH, UK)

Using standards to restrict fatty meat imports and prevent NCDs: learning from an innovative trade/food policy in Ghana
Anne-Marie Thow (University of Sydney, Australia)

The global health impacts of future food scenarios (PPT)
Marco Springmann (University of Oxford, UK)

Strengthening capacity for food safety risk management in informal markets: case studies in dairy and pork value chains (PPT)
Lucila Lapar (International Livestock Research Institute, Vietnam)

Session 4: New projects

Keynote lecture: Demystify nutrition myths to power the way for evidence based food and nutrition security policies in Africa (PPT)
Lindiwe Sibanda (Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network, South Africa)

Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) (PPT)
Suneetha Kadiyala (LSHTM/LCIRAH, UK)

Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition
Jeff Waage (LCIRAH, UK)

Wellcome Trust Sustaining Health call (PPT)
Saskia Heijen (Wellcome Trust, UK)

Session 5: Food System Policies, Part 2

Using the Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) for programming (PPT | audio)
Hazel Malapit (International Food Policy Research Institute, USA)

The effect of in-kind food subsidies on household nutritional outcome: Evidence from rural India (PPT)
Andaleeb Rahman (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, India)

Linking national food reserves to home grown school feeding (PPT)
Samrat Singh (Imperial College London, UK)

The creation of a comprehensive conceptual framework linking agricultural and food system policies to nutritional status (PPT)
Rebecca Kanter (LCIRAH/Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, UK)

Agroecology, family farming and public health: weaving ideas and building intersectorality in Food Security and Nutrition policies in Brazil (PPT)
Claudia Job Schmitt (Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Session 6: Governance and Policy

Measuring the quality of governance for nutrition: could cross-sector collaboration affect the fidelity and impact of food and nutrition policies? (PPT)
Patrick Webb (Tufts University, USA)

The inclusiveness of nutrition in food and agricultural policies in eight countries (PPT)
Carl Lachat (Gent University, Belgium)

An integrated policy approach for over- and under-nutrition: a policy space analysis of food supply policies in India
Anne-Marie Thow (University of Sydney, Australia)

Political economy determinants of public investments for nutrition in Mozambique (PPT)
Tewodaj Mogues, Lucy Billings (International Food Policy Research Institute, USA)

The political priority given to nutrition-related health in agricultural policy: A case study of the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union (Publication)
Helen Walls (Australian National University, Australia; LSHTM/LCIRAH, UK)

Keynote lecture: Challenges we face: the shifting food system and nutritional status picture (PPT)
Barry Popkin (University of North Carolina, USA


Associations between child feeding index and stunting in Cambodian rural households - difficulties in linking nutrition outcomes to home garden utilization
Anika Reinbott (Justus-Liebig-Universitat Giessen, Germany)

The minimum calorie expenditure share: a measure of the effects of changing food prices on the food and nutrition security of low-income populations
Fiorella Picchioni (SOAS/LCIRAH, UK)

Improving the regulatory capacity of developing countries to manage risks associated with trade agreements
Helen Walls (LSHTM/LCIRAH, UK & Australian National University, Australia)

How does women's access to land resources affect childhood nutritional security in semi-arid Kenya
June Po (McGill University, Canada)

Using a value chain approach to investigate Malawian potential to produce and market nutritionally dense complementary food products
Kathleen Kurz (Development Alternatives Inc, USA & Malawi)

Translating policy into action - human resource review of extension agents in Kilolo and Mufindi districts - to support household economic strengthening in Tanzania
Kirsten Weeks (USAID, USA)

Contribution of primary school meals to the greenhouse gas emissions in England
Kremlin Wickramasinghe (University of Oxford, UK)

Public investment, agriculture strategy and diet diversity in India
Mehroosh Tak (SOAS/LCIRAH, UK)

Local sustainable food gardens and childhood undernutrition: evidence from Mombasa, Kenya
Pat Pridmore (Institute of Education, UK)

Health implications of adopting nutritious, low-carbon diets in the UK
Rosemary Green (LSHTM/LCIRAH, UK)