Animal-source foods (ASF) are some of the best sources of high-quality protein and micronutrients needed for healthy physical and cognitive development, especially among children. Livestock contributions to health and nutrition are complex, and are mediated through multiple pathways.
In food security, integration of data and knowledge across disciplines is needed to prevent food-related diseases, improve sustainability, traceability, quality, animal welfare, diminish food waste, have a clear picture of the environmental impact, improve communication to different stakeholders and introduce nutritional factors considering the enlarging need to ”feed the planet”.
This seminar (and online webinar) addresses an important question for economic development in rural areas of low- and middle-income countries: if agriculture is to promote nutrition, do we need to take women’s time into account? LCIRAH and IFPRI recently funded a systematic review study aimed at understanding the role of time in agriculture-nutrition pathways.
Although food-price subsidies are widely used to improve nutritional status of the poor, their effectiveness in improving nutritional status is still controversial. This paper proposes a new analytical framework to investigate the effectiveness by taking into account asymmetric impacts of introducing and removing the subsidies and by employing a non -income poverty measure (i.e., staple cereal shares).
Our final IFSTAL lecture of the series for this academic year will be held at RVC Camden, with the lecture live streamed from Oxford.
Whilst we'll be addressing serious issues of Future Food Systems with a panel of experts from Oxford, we'll be finishing with some gaming led by one of the panellists, and then locally in London a wine and nibbles reception to socialise and a food systems quiz with prizes for the winning team!
At this Event in London, Dr Barbara Haesler from LCIRAH, Dr Claire Marris and Prof Tim Lang from the Centre for Food Policy at City University London will tell us about their experiences of being involved in informing and researching interventions to shape the food system. The audience then will have the opportunity to work in multidisciplinary groups and critically engage with different food system governance initiatives (i.e. initiatives that seek to change or reform the wider food system in some way, based on case studies).
While there is a growing literature on the inter-linkages and synergies between agriculture and other sectors, somewhat less is known about how much coherence there is in practice at a policy and institutional level, and whether and how to bring about such synergies. Drawing from research carried out by the Overseas Development Institute for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation on the question of coherence between agriculture and social protection, the presentation will focus on the cases of Zambia and Ghana.
While nearly 3 billion people remain at risk of malaria globally, long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS) have contributed to a 40% decline in malaria case incidence in sub-Saharan Africa since 2000. New global targets are to reduce case incidence by 90% by 2030, but sustainable methods of control and elimination are needed to maintain this progress.
Who shapes what activities in the food system, and how, at all the different stages and levels? Using some example foods, we will be looking at the wide range of actors – people who do things, and the activities – things people do, in the many diverse parts of food systems. From direct roles like farmers, processors and consumers, to indirect ones like bankers, policy makers and scientists, we will move from designing and producing, to preserving, influencing, buying and wasting.
Over 70% of Australia’s agricultural income is derived from exports. While the trade of surplus agricultural production is regarded as a cornerstone in economic development, the world food market remains tightly regulated and protected. With on-going protectionism and the Doha Round failing to reach any consensus on agriculture at a multilateral scale, countries have been engaging in bilateral and plurilateral agreements (agreements) to bypass the impasse.
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.
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.