Workshop: Farming and Workers' Health

Date and Time

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 09:30 to 16:00


Location: LIDC Upper Meeting Room, 36 Gordon Square

Event overview:
This one day workshop is organised by the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH). The workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of experts, researchers and students from agriculture, nutrition and health. The speakers will discuss the bi-directional links between farming and the health of those working in the agriculture sector in both developed and developing economies. Objectives include:

  • Identify the main research issues on the subject of the impacts of agriculture on workers’ health, and of workers’ health on agriculture in different contexts
  • To bring together researchers currently engaged in agricultural and health research to stimulate partnerships and collaboration, including continued contact and information sharing in the future

Topics to be addressed by invited speakers with short case studies:

  • Impacts of  agriculture on workers’ health in low and middle income economies
  • Impacts of agriculture on workers’ health in middle and high income countries
  • Effects of ill-health on agriculture in low and medium income economies

Materials and Presentations:

Meeting report

Farming and workers' health
Andrew Dorward, SOAS

Farming and welfare impacts of prime-age adult morbidity and mortality among farm households
Suneetha Kadilaya, LSHTM

Interconnections between food production, nutrition and health in conditions of rural poverty
Mike Joffe, ICL

Incidence and trends in work-related ill-health in UK agricultural workers
Jill Stocks, University of Manchester

Self-reported ill-health in UK and Thai farming populations: associations with pesticide exposure
Andrew Povey, University of Manchester

Lao-Oxford-Mahosot Hospital-Wellcome Trust Research Unit (LOMWRU)
Paul Newton, LOMWRU