ANH2021 Call for Abstracts

6th Annual Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy Week


Online, 21 June - 2 July 2021

The Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy will hold its sixth Annual Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy Week online, from 21 June - 2 July 2021, with one week of Learning Labs and one week for our Research Conference. Researchers, practitioners and policymakers across our global community are invited to participate, as are students and anyone who is interested in learning more about the links between agriculture, food systems, nutrition and the health of people and the planet.

The ANH Academy is a global community of interdisciplinary researchers, practitioners, and policymakers working on agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health, with over 4000 members from 139 countries, and 70% of members from Africa or Asia. The ANH Academy is co-funded with UK Aid from the UK government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Led by the London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine (LSHTM), the ANH Academy’s founding partners are the London Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), the Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) programme, and the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).

The ANH Academy Week is an annual event designed to facilitate the sharing of evidence and learning on linkages between agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health. It focuses on qualitative and quantitative research to understand how we can leverage agriculture and food system policies and programmes, considering the rapid changes in food systems, the environment, human populations and their food preferences.

The 6th Annual ANH Academy Week programme will feature Learning Labs (training workshops) offered by ANH Academy partners, a Research Conference where researchers present their work through a variety of poster and panel sessions, and many opportunities for networking with other researchers, practitioners, policymakers and students. The call for abstracts for presentations at the Research Conference is open as described below. 

For more information on ANH Academy Weeks, you are invited to view the reports on our 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 meetings in Africa, Asia and online.

ANH2021 Call for Abstracts

The ANH Academy invites the submission of abstracts for the Research Conference, focused on the nexus of agriculture and food systems, nutrition and health, to be held online from 21 June - 2 July 2021. The conference programme will include selected papers for oral presentations of various formats as well as poster sessions. We welcome abstracts from all relevant disciplines, including but not limited to economics, nutrition, public health, epidemiology, environmental sciences, agronomy, social and political sciences, and anthropology.

Conference themes

These themes are provided to guide the submission of suitable abstracts for the ANH2021 Research Conference. Themes are overlapping and not mutually exclusive, therefore a single abstract may sit in one or many themes. 

Please note: Gender, empowerment and equity cut across all themes, as does COVID-19's implications for food systems and nutrition. 

1. Food system governance and political economy

E.g. Commercial determinants of health, power relations; conflict of interest; accountability; values; incentives; risks for chronic diseases from complex and global food systems; communications and advocacy for translating research and policy change.

2. Diets and nutrition in conflict, protracted and/or humanitarian contexts

E.g. Food systems in fragile settings; safety and security in the provision of diets, agri-food logistics and value chain strategies in complex emergencies; migration and food security; disaster risk reduction: preparations and recovery in food systems.

3. Agriculture /food systems policy and programme impacts on nutrition and health; and implementation science

E.g. Lessons learnt from designing, implementing and evaluating complex programmes; trade-offs in complex programme design and evaluation; scaling up; lessons from what has not worked; trade-offs between program benefits and concurrent undesirable impacts; novel policy or interventional impacts of agriculture-food systems on nutrition and health pathways; comparative research across contexts and intervention typologies; negative results,

4. Economic evaluation and financing of multi-sectoral programmes for nutrition and health

E.g. Economic decision making among households, public and private sectors; methods for estimating costs, cost-effectiveness, and cost-efficiency of multi-sectoral policies/programmes with multiple consequences; application of costs for national and global strategic planning.

5. Behavioural research related to diets, nutrition and health

E.g. Motivations, capabilities, incentives, and opportunities of individuals (including mental health), households and institutions; drivers of food choice; food environments.

6. Innovative methods, tools, and metrics

E.g. Methods, tools, and metrics to study complex systems, nutrition-health pathways in agriculture and food systems; citizen science for nutrition, innovation in implementation science research; innovative causal identification designs; comparative research (how do results obtained with different methods, tools, and metrics on the same topic compare or differ); taking stock of what worked and what did not in terms of methods, metrics, and tools, and identifying gaps.

7. Health risks and food systems

E.g. Occupational exposures and/or negative externalities associated with food system livelihoods, Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the food system context, resource inputs and by-products etc.; food safety; mental health; disability; land-use change (including urbanisation) and disease spread; agricultural drivers of zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance; health risks of complex and global food systems.

8. Environmental change, planetary health and food systems

E.g. Circular food systems, Impacts of climate and environmental change on agriculture, nutrition and health, sustainable and healthy diets; impact of global food systems on planetary health; climate change adaptation and resilience; food waste.


Key definitions for the purpose of this call

Nutrition outcomes refer broadly to food consumption, food choice behaviours, dietary/feeding patterns, adequacy of diets, and nutritional status (including double burden of malnutrition).

Health outcomes refer to diet-related chronic diseases, mental health, infectious diseases, and health conditions associated with agricultural environments and food systems, including zoonoses, anti-microbial resistance, and food safety.

Agriculture and food systems include food production, distribution, processing, trade, marketing; and the resources, systems, stakeholders, and institutions involved in these processes. Crop production, horticulture, aquaculture and livestock are all encompassed in this definition of agriculture.

Nutrition/health pathways include upstream determinants of agriculture and food systems (examples: environment, land-use, ecology, governance, macro-economic policies) and their impacts – socioeconomic, distributional, cultural, agro-ecological, geographical, behavioural, etc. – which have implications on nutrition and health outcomes. For instance, these could involve the pathways linking agriculture and food systems, household water security and infectious disease transmission; or the pathways linking food advertising, food cultures, diet quality and diet-related chronic conditions.


What we are looking for 

We will give preference to studies that address truly interdisciplinary questions, capture emerging debates, and contain substantive innovative analytical content relating to nutrition/health pathways in agriculture and food systems. Research that demonstrates authentic equitable partnerships will be looked upon favourably.

Please note that we are seeking presentations with a strong cross-cutting focus along the above research themes:

  • Results and lessons learned from scientific research, and not research plans
  • Studies that use innovative methods or metrics, or existing approaches applied in relevant new ways
  • Studies that investigate equity concerns in any of the abovementioned themes
  • Studies that did not work (‘lessons from failure’)

Scientific research from any discipline using a variety of rigorous methodological approaches – qualitative, mixed-methods or quantitative methodological approaches – are welcome.

Abstracts must be submitted under one of the abovementioned themes.

Selection process

The ANH Academy Week Research Conference receives more abstracts than it can accept for oral or poster presentations. Therefore, abstracts will be reviewed by the ANH Academy Week 2021 Scientific Committee and selected on the basis of their scientific quality, originality, and relevance to the themes and methods mentioned above. The panel will decide on whether an abstract is selected for an oral presentation or a poster session. 

To encourage diverse styles of research communication, to accommodate different disciplines and to break up long conference sessions, this year’s oral presenters will be encouraged to use different formats. Those invited for oral presentations will be consulted on potential options.

Given this year's event will be online, there may be limited presentation slots and/or the Scientific Committee may devise new types of presentation slots in order to accommodate strong science. At a minimum these will include oral and poster presentations.

How to submit and submission deadline

The submission portal for abstracts will open soon in January 2021. Authors should submit abstracts through this portal by 28 February 2020 at 23.59 GMT. Abstract submissions must include the following: 

  • Title of abstract 
  • Introduction (100 word limit)
  • Methods or approach (200 word limit)
  • Findings and interpretations (200 word limit)
  • Conclusions (100 word limit)
  • References (example: He B.Q., Lula, F., Vadowski, D.J., 1999. How to write a good abstract. Journal of International Conferences, 3 (5) 591–601.)

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