ANH Academy Webinar Series: Curriculum Enrichment Teaching Materials Pilot Seminars


Since 2016, ANH Academy has organised annual conferences and other activities for researchers and practitioners working at the intersection of agriculture, nutrition and health.  Formal and informal feedback had consistently articulated a demand for more structured support for lecturers and students interested in these areas, outside of Academy Week Learning Labs.

An electronic needs assessment was conducted in 2017 among members based at academic institutions around the world. Over a third of respondents (37%) felt they did not have the required knowledge or skills and 31% did not have access to relevant materials to teach multi-disciplinary topics to students. Training in how to teach ag-nutrition-health linkages would motivate 42% of respondents to incorporate these topics into their teaching, with open access to readily adaptable materials being another key motivating factor among 37%.  

Along with the consistent anecdotal feedback, this indicated a large appetite for multi-sectoral, interdisciplinary teaching support and suggested that there was an unmet need for the types of training offered through ANH Academy Week Learning Labs.

Following the expansion of IMMANA into a second phase in 2019, the Curriculum Enrichment Working Group was constituted to shape and guide the ANH Academy’s work in this area. This included a detailed mapping exercise of existing teaching materials (now online and accepting community submissions), as well as a more robust and in-depth needs assessment, which included not only a structured online survey, but focus group discussions (the results of which are under peer review at a journal).

Five topics emerged through the updated needs assessment that educators in the sample would like to teach : 

  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Linkages, an Introduction
  • Climate Change, Environment and Sustainability
  • One Health
  • Gender, Equity and Empowerment
  • Migration and Fragile Contexts

The webinar series

This webinar series has been designed to pilot test the teaching materials that have been developed in response to the latest needs assessment. The seminars will provide an opportunity for our potential end users; educators and students, to learn about the topics and to provide valuable feedback which can help us to ensure that the materials are fit for purpose before they are launched online for the ANH community's adaptation and use in different contexts.

Come along and help us to refine these materials!

Because we are piloting materials that are envisioned to be used by educators around existing curriculums - I.e. during lunchtime seminars or standalone workshops - we are limiting participation for each session to appropriate classroom-sizes. This is because the sessions have been developed with pedagogies that are specifically interactive and conducive to learning. As such, if you are interested - please sign up as soon as possible and please ensure you are able to set aside the full time in your diary!

Recordings of these webinars will not be shared online after the event.  However, we will be refining and sharing all teaching resources for each of the five topics in early 2023. This will include guidance on how to adapt them for different settings, as well as lesson plans, handouts, external links etc. We’ll of course share updates on our newsletter so make sure you’re registered as an ANH member to receive these. If you’re not already a member you can sign up here.

(1) Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Linkages, an Introduction  
ANH teaching materials promotional slide

Wednesday 16th November, 12-2pm GMT

Presenter: Mehroosh Tak, Royal Veterinary College

Intended learning outcomes: 

  • Critically engage with interdisciplinary pathways between agriculture, nutrition and health
  • Recognise the significance of applying a food systems lens to nutrition and health challenges
  • Reflect upon the trade-offs associated with agriculture, nutrition and health interventions
This session has concluded




(2) Gender, Equity and Empowerment
Gender and equity teaching materials

Wednesday 23rd November, 11-1pm GMT

PresenterFiorella Picchioni, Natural Resources Institute

Intended learning outcomes: 

  • Recognise key concepts and definitions related to equity, gender and empowerment and their importance in linking agriculture to sustained nutrition and health outcomes
  • Discuss gender-based constraints that affect women’s participation in agri-food value chains
  • Critically debate why addressing gender equality is relevant to sustainable value chain development
  • Identify strategies towards enhancing women’s empowerment in agriculture to support nutrition and health
    This session has concluded


    (3) One Health
    One Health teaching materials

    Thursday 1st December, 12-2pm GMT

    Presenters: Kevin Queenan, Royal Veterinary College, and Emma Walton, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    Intended learning outcomes: 

    • Understand One Health's history in science and policy and it's precedent in and reliance upon Indigenous knowledge and practices
    • Recognise One Health as a systems thinking approach to achieving integrated health 
    • Identify the key competencies and disciplines necessary for adopting and implementing a One Health approach
    • Critically debate key food systems issues through a One Health lens

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    (4) Climate Change, Environment and Sustainability
    Climate_Environment teaching materials

    Wednesday 7th December, 12-2pm GMT

      Presenter: Francesca Harris, Freelance

      Intended learning outcomes: 

      • Explain how humans have driven climate and other environmental changes, with a particular focus on the ways in which the food system has an impact on the environment .
      • Provide an overview of how the environment, food systems and nutrition are connected, with a particular focus on the specific pathways that climate change could affect food and nutrition security through its impact on each element of the food system.
      • Identify and critically debate mitigation and adaption strategies for climate change that are using the food system, considering their co-benefits and trade-offs on nutrition-related health or other societal factors.

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      (5) Food Systems and Fragile Contexts
      Fragility teaching materials

      Details coming soon