Call for Abstracts [Deadline: 9th Dec]

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The ANH Academy with co-hosts Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) invites the submission of abstracts for the Research Conference on the nexus of agriculture and food systems, nutrition and health. We welcome abstracts from all relevant disciplines, including but not limited to economics, nutrition, public health, epidemiology, environmental and climate sciences, agronomy, social and political sciences, and anthropology. We encourage submissions by researchers with backgrounds that are underrepresented in science. The deadline for submissions is midnight on 9th December 2022.


Submit an abstract

Please note: You will need to sign in/sign up to ANH Academy account (free) to submit an abstract.

Any queries are welcome and can be directed to the ANH Academy team ([email protected]).

What we are looking for

We give preference to innovative interdisciplinary research studies that explore the linkages between agriculture, food systems and nutrition and health. These studies should capture emerging debates, and contain substantive innovative, analytical content relating to nutrition/health pathways in agriculture and food systems.

What we are looking for

What we are not looking for

Abstracts that addresses links between agriculture/ food systems and nutrition/ health

Abstracts that are non-interdisciplinary. For example, studies about food processing or crop yields without explicit links to health or nutrition; or dietary studies without explicit links to agriculture or the food system, would have a higher likelihood of getting rejected

Abstracts that sit within one or more of the conference themes below

Abstracts that do not sit within any of the conference themes below. However, we will be receptive to suggestions of novel and emerging themes and abstracts relating to these.

Presentations of results and lessons learned from scientific research. We especially welcome studies that use innovative methods or metrics, or existing approaches applied in relevant new ways

Research plans, commentaries, project descriptions and project monitoring reports


Key definitions for the purpose of this call:

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

Nutrition outcomes refer broadly to food consumption, food choice behaviors, 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 and anti-microbial resistance, and food safety.

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, behavioral etc. – which have implications on nutrition and health outcomes. For instance, these could involve the pathway 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.


Conference themes

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

Food system governance, rights and political economy

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

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

Climate 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.

How to submit and submission deadline

The word limits are: Introduction; 100 words, Methods or approach; 200 words, Findings and interpretations; 200 words, Conclusions; 100 words.

Authors should submit abstracts through the ANH Academy website by 9 December 2022 at 23.59 GMT. Any queries can be directed to [email protected].

We encourage the viewing of How to Write an Effective Abstract, a learning lab held during ANH2022.


Submit an abstract 

Please note: You will need to sign in/sign up to ANH Academy account (free) to submit an abstract.

Any queries are welcome and can be directed to the ANH Academy team ([email protected]).


Selection process

The ANH Academy Week Research Conference receives more abstracts than it can accept for presentations. Therefore, abstracts will be reviewed by the ANH Academy Week 2023 Scientific Committee and selected on the following four criteria:

  • Relevance to the themes
  • Scientific rigour
  • Abstract quality
  • Originality

Please consider these criteria carefully when submitting your abstract!

If your abstract is accepted for the Conference, the Committee will decide on whether it is selected for an oral presentation or a poster session. As mentioned above, the exact presentation formats will be determined approximately 8 weeks before the event. This may include innovation in the style, nature and length of oral and poster presentations (i.e. in the form of facilitated discussions or conventional presentations).