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Fireside chats
byANH Academy
Academy Week Research Conference
Date and Time
From: 28 June 2023, 10:00
To: 28 June 2023, 11:00 - CAT (GMT+2)
Street: ANH2023 (Online & Malawi) (4276)

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Open Full Event Fireside chat CGIAR (5)

Times for this event are in CAT.



Two back-to-back "Fireside Chats" at ANH2023 are moderated by Jeff Waage, Chair of the ANH Academy Scientific Committee.

The first begins in the Malawian context, where two leading scientists from LUANAR, ANH2023's co-hosting partner, reflect on emerging research priorities for food systems, nutrition and health in a country increasingly exposed to the effects of climate change. This free-flowing conversation provides key insights into the latest evidence and scientific agendas from the warm heart of Africa, with a focus on the types of collaborations that could generate evidence needed for effective policy.

From Malawi to the global, the session segues towards CGIAR; a 40-year-old network of 15 centres located around the world. With research and innovation development approaches ranging from breeding to policy modelling and impact evaluations, CGIAR has taken on challenges on a wide range of issues related to agriculture, food security, gender, nutrition and more. As it moves through a new organisational reform that affects its structure, funding and mandate, two senior researchers from Africa and Asia will reflect on the opportunities and the challenges this presents for strengthening CGIAR's approach to equitable partnerships for better research, innovation and impact on food systems.


  • Jeff Waage, Professor of International Development, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)


Speaker Session 1
  • Alexander Kalimbira, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Human Nutrition and Health, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)
  • Tinna Manani, Associate Professor, Dean of Faculty, Food and Human Sciences, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)


Speaker Session 2
  • Namukolo Covic, Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, One CGIAR
  • Purnima Menon, Senior Director for Food and Nutrition Policy, IFPRI


Check out our ANH2023 communications toolkit media toolkit for useful Twitter handles, graphics and other materials. 

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