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LCIRAH Conference 2015

Agri-health research: what have we learned and where to next?

June 3rd and 4th 2015; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

The Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) held its 5th annual research conference, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, on the 3rd and 4th of June, 2015.

The LCIRAH annual conference celebrated its 5th year, and provided an opportunity to gather researchers from around the world to examine and reflect critically on what we have learned from agriculture, nutrition and health research in the past five years and what the future research agenda should look like.

Research studies presented fell into the following themes:

  • Women and child health outcomes
  • Behaviour change/consumer acceptance
  • Innovative metrics & tools
  • Diversifying local agricultural production & diets
  • Value chain approaches to nutrition
  • Nutrition sensitive agriculture policy

Conference programme

LCIRAH conference abstracts


SESSION 1: Women & Child Health Outcomes

Keynote: Looking back to move forward: Gender in agriculture, health, and nutrition research (PPT)
Agnes Quisumbing (IFPRI)

Women’s empowerment in agriculture and stunting of children under two in Rural Nepal: Do care practices mediate the association? (PPT)
Kenda Cunningham (LSHTM)

Do mothers not have the time to feed the children properly in Bangladesh? (PPT)
Monica Jain (IFPRI)

Hungry and Pregnant: Associations between Food Scarcity during Pregnancy and Children’s Survival and Health Outcomes (PPT)
Maria Christina Jolejole-Foreman (Harvard School of Public Health)

Exposure levels and effects of aflatoxin and fumonisin through breastfeeding in infants under six months of age in Rombo, Tanzania
Happy Magoha (Ghent University)

SESSION 2: Behaviour Change & Consumer Acceptance

Developing Country Consumers’ Acceptance of Biofortified Foods: A Synthesis (PPT)
Adewale Oparinde (IFPRI)

A qualitative and quantitative research approach to appropriately design integrated agriculture and nutrition interventions for improved infant and young child nutrition in rural Kenya (PPT)
Christine Hotz (GAIN)

Dietary patterns of women and young children in a nutrition-sensitive aquaculture/ agriculture project in rural Bangladesh (PPT)
Akter Rumana (WorldFish Center)

Vitamin A Intakes Remain Higher Among Target Groups Three Years after a Biofortification Intervention in Mozambique (PPT)
Alan de Brauw (IFPRI)

Panel Discussion: Taking Stock of LCIRAH research on Agri-Health​ (PPT)
Richard Smith (LSHTM); Elizabeth Hull (SOAS); Jonathan Rushton (RVC); Bhavani Shankar (SOAS); Alan Dangour (LSHTM)

SESSSION 3: Innovative Metrics & Tools

The food environment, its effects on dietary consumption, and potential for measurement within agriculture-nutrition interventions (PPT)
Anna Herforth (SPRING)

Monitoring Nutrition-Sensitive Food Systems (PPT)
Victor E. B. Pinga (SPRING)

The Food Insecurity Experience Scale – a new tool for valid and comparable measurement of food insecurity (PPT)
Terri J. Ballard (FAO)

Biofortification Priority Index: Prioritizing Countries for Biofortification Interventions Using CountryLevel Data (PPT)
Dorene Asare-Marfo (IFPRI)

Meeting the challenge of linking research and policy: Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition​ (PPT)
Sandy Thomas (Global Panel); Jeff Waage (Global Panel, LCIRAH); Anna Lartey (FAO)

Keynote: Linking Agriculture with Nutrition within the SDG Goal 2: making a case for a dietary diversity indicator (PPT)
Anna Lartey (FAO)

SESSION 4: Diversifying Local Agricultural Production & Diets

How does the ownership of land affect household nutrition? Revisiting the agriculture-nutrition disconnect in two north Indian villages (PPT)
Bill Pritchard (University of Sydney)

Agricultural Production and Children’s Diets: Evidence from rural Ethiopia (PPT)
Kalle Hirvonen (IFPRI)

Examining the relationship between farm production diversity and diet diversity across subsistenceand market-oriented farms in Malawi (PPT)
Andrew D. Jones (University of Michigan)

Farm Production Diversity and Household Diet Diversity: Exploring Variation across Agro-Ecological Zones in Ghana (PPT)
Anne Delaporte (Imperial College London)

SESSION 5: Value Chain Approaches To Nutrition

Value Chains and Nutrition: A Framework to Support the Identification, Design, and Evaluation of Interventions (PPT)
Aulo Gelli (IFPRI)

Markets for nutrient-rich foods: A systemic approach to research, policy and intervention (PPT)
John Humphrey and Ewan Robinson (Institute of Development Studies)

Complementarity of value chain analysis and consumption patterns in the design of sustainable, effective and efficient food-system-based interventions (PPT)
Paula Dominguez-Salas (LCIRAH, Royal Veterinary College, ILRI)

Biosecurity Measures in Meat and Milk Value Chains: A Study in Bura sub-county, Kenya (PPT)
Simon Ndungu Nyokabi (Hohenheim University)

SESSION 6: Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Policy

The policy disconnect in agriculture and health: A case study of South Africa (PPT)
Elizabeth Hull (LCIRAH, SOAS)

The Integration of Nutrition within Extension and Advisory Services (EAS): A Synthesis of Experiences, Lessons, and Recommendations (PPT)
Jessica Fanzo (Columbia University)

Perceptions, experiences and challenges in linking livestock interventions and human nutrition in West Africa countries (Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal, Mauritania) (PPT)
Domitille Kauffmann (FAO)

Agriculture, Nutrition, and the Green Revolution in Bangladesh (PPT)
Derek D. Headey (IFPRI)

Linking Agriculture to Nutrition in Northern Rwanda (PPT)
Mercy Lungaho (International Center for Tropical Agriculture)

Panel Discussion: Where to in agri-health research?

Side events

Launch of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs report: “Healthy Food for a Healthy World - Leveraging Agriculture and Food to Improve Global Nutrition”, June 2, 2015 (Video)

Women’s time allocation, agriculture and nutrition seminar, June 2, 2015 (Video)