30 June – 2 July 2020. The ANH Academy Week is a series of annual events that bring together the community of researchers and users of research (practitioners and policymakers) working at the intersection of agriculture, nutrition and health.
The objectives of the ANH Academy Week series is to foster knowledge exchange, innovation and learning around ANH research.
The ANH Academy Week consists of two interlinked components:
- 23-25 June 2020. Learning Labs – a series of training sessions in interdisciplinary agriculture, nutrition and health research;
- 30 June-2 July 2020. Research Conference – an abstract-driven symposium featuring oral presentations, poster sessions and keynotes speeches, as well as plenary round tables, side events and working group discussions.
30 June 2020. Opening ceremony and keynote speech: Angus Deaton: Reflections on inequality, nutrition and health
30 June 2020. Ag-nutrition implementation science studies: B
30 June 2020. Political and economic dynamics of nutrition and health: A
30 June 2020. Political and economic dynamics of nutrition and health: B
30 June 2020. Food safety
1 July 2020. Plenary discussion: Agriculture, nutrition and health in the time of COVID-19: Challenges and priorities for research and practice
The COVID-19 pandemic poses significant implications for food systems, malnutrition and health. This interactive ANH2020 discussion explores key challenges and priorities for research and practice, focusing on:
- Research and data needs: During and after the pandemic
- Conducting research in crises: Practical and ethical considerations
- Disruptions to multi-sectoral programmes: Management, tracking and mitigation
- Rapid policy prescriptions: Implications for research and practice
- 4th COVID-19 brief by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition:
- Video featuring Dr Agnes Kalibata and Prof. K. Srinath Reddy
- Policy brief : Global Panel. 2020. COVID-19: safeguarding food systems and promoting healthy diets. Policy Brief No. 14. London, UK: Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.
- ANH Academy COVID-19 Resources
In Uganda 76% of 147 businesses surveyed reported reducing their workforce because of the risks associated with COVID-19 and lockdown measures, with the agricultural sector being the most affected.11 Estimates suggest that if the pandemic conditions persist for six months, 3.8 million people in Uganda will lose their jobs temporarily, partly due to the shutdown of tourism and subsequent fall in hotel demand for foods like chicken and salads, while 600,000 are expected to lose their jobs permanently. (…) In May, a survey in Uganda suggested that 58% of micro-, 27.7% of small- and 8.3% of medium-sized businesses would have to close in the next three months if the situation did not improve.11 If these enterprises go out of business, vital linkages in food systems may be lost. Policy Brief page 6 + 7
- Chair – Richard Horton The Lancet
The concept of resilience is put into question. What would a resilient food system look like?
- Gabrielle Berman – Ethics in Evidence Generation, UNICEF
- Khadija Mitu – University of Chittagong, Bangladesh
- Sara Menker – CEO and Co-Founder, Gro Intelligence”
We will have in the future more distributed food supply chains. What does the research know about the demand side (consumers). What are the implications to the prize and distribution of food globally? The crisis has shown that our food system is not resilient.
- Patrick Webb – Tufts University and Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition
He presented the Global Panel. 2020. COVID-19: safeguarding food systems and promoting healthy diets. Policy Brief No. 14. London, UK: Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.
I feel that any intervention set needs to pay attention to buffering and sustaining the many non-formal actors in food chains, including micro- and SMEs. That involves quick loans, debt relief, information, etc. Nothing new, but essential.
I believe all nations need to be more self-critical of their food trade policies (whether aimed at openness (Thailand) or closeness (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea). Trade policies need to be considered as ‘novel’ instruments that can support (or hinder) effective access to healthy diets locally. So, let’s avoid mantras and absolutes and consider ‘how’ food markets can play better roles in nurturing people not just feeding them.
We’re poorly equipped, let alone ready, to enhance resilience of food systems in the context of a climate crisis (what has not gone away). Much to be done.
- Anna Herforth, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reminded at the Launch of the ‘State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020’ on 13th of July.
RCTs are increasingly used to evaluate the effectiveness of agriculture, nutrition, and health (ANH) interventions in low- and middle-income countries. ANH trials are fundamentally different from trials to evaluate the efficacy of medical interventions.
2 July 2020. Animal source foods