New research network links agriculture, nutrition and health communities worldwide

By Anna Marry, Research Uptake and Knowledge Manager at LSHTM

School alumni are invited to join Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy – a global research network that connects those working in agriculture and food systems with nutritionists and health experts.

As an alumnus/a of the School, you don’t need reminding about the power of professional networking. You probably belong to a few networks focusing on health already, including the School’s alumni community. Networking helps you advance your career and develop skills.

We would like to invite you to join something quite different and unique – a global research network that connects those working in agriculture and food systems with nutritionists and health experts.

Dr. Suneetha Kadiyala, Associate Professor in Nutrition-Sensitive Development at the School, said:

It may seem obvious that agriculture, health and nutrition are intimately related. After all, agriculture produces food that contributes to good or poor nutrition and thus has an impact on health. But the picture is much more nuanced than this. For instance, agricultural work places a heavy burden on women’s time in developing countries, which means that they have less time to prepare nutritious meals for the family, even though their income may have increased. These linkages are crucial to making agriculture support nutrition, and yet they are poorly understood and under researched.

To address these gaps, the Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy was created in 2015. The Academy is a core component of IMMANA (Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions), one of the largest programmes in agriculture-nutrition research, led by the School and funded with UK aid from the UK government. As of today the network brings together about 750 members across the world who are either researchers or users of research in ANH.

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ANH Academy members attending a training session in Addis Ababa


Membership to ANH Academy is free and offers a range of benefits in addition to online and face-to-face networking. These include:

  • Access to a database of contacts working in ANH
  • Connecting to the largest programmes and biggest group of academics and practitioners in these areas
  • Online and face-to-face training opportunities
  • An annual research conference and training held in Africa or South Asia
  • A Fellowship programme for early career researchers as part of IMMANA

Joining the Academy only takes a few minutes. Join now at:

For more information, please contact .

ANH Academy partners

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IMMANA partners

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Images courtesy of Anna Marry.

Feature image shows ANH Academy members, several from the School, at the first conference in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia, in June 2016.

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