Agricultural Biodiversity for Better Nutrition, Health and Improved Livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa – the case of forest foods in Congo Basin
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This event is part of a new Webinar Series “Agriculture-Nutrition-Health linkages: Research in the African context”.

Session 5 - Agricultural Biodiversity for Better Nutrition, Health and Improved Livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa – the case of forest foods in Congo Basin, with Dr. Robert Fungo, FAO

Forest foods are widely consumed by forest dependent communities. Given their rich nutrient content, they have potential to contribute to food and nutrition security. The session will look at the contribution of forest foods to women’s nutrient intake and household food security, in the biodiversity-rich Cameroonian forests.

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About the webinar series

The ANH Academy and the African Nutrition Society have launched a new webinar series exploring critical links between agriculture, livelihoods, health and individual and household nutrition in Africa.

The webinars invite early career researchers from across the Academy and ANS membership to discuss research methodologies, metrics and policy implications of studies that seek to better understand, measure and analyse these linkages. The series is designed to foster meaningful, innovative and international peer-to-peer conversations by utilising the global ANH Academy research network and ANS membership.

The webinar series brings together researchers from around the globe working at the interdisciplinary crossroads of agriculture-nutrition-health to explore emerging issues, share ideas and identify critical issues that will drive future research in the African context. With a strong research focus, the series will provide a platform for early career researchers to share their on-going work and topical studies, and engage with the international research community around issues that are pertinent in Africa, with lesson learning for other contexts.

Webinars will take place on a monthly basis and the ANH Academy online forum will be used to facilitate the cross-fertilisation of ideas, experiences, relevant research and resources among participants and presenters between sessions. The series if formed of five sessions. 


Each webinar will last 90 minutes, beginning with a presentation and followed by a discussion/Q&A session moderated by Dr. Linley Chiwona-Karltun of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and other distinguished scholars.

Who should attend

The webinar is intended for early career researchers and users of research (recent graduates, Masters students, PhD students, recent PhDs, junior professionals) interested in the areas of agriculture, nutrition and/ or health. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


A certificate of engagement will be awarded to participants that fulfil a set of criteria:

  • Participant has attended at least three sessions.

    • All sessions will be recorded. If a participant is unable to attend a session, they should watch the recording in their own time and complete a short quiz before the next webinar.

  • Participant has engaged in conversation and provided comments and inputs in the discussion forum.

  • Participant has completed an evaluation form for the seminar series.

Webinar schedule

Session 1 - Caregiver capabilities (webinar resources are now available)

Dr. Cynthia Matare, Nutrition Scientist, Cornell University/ IMA World Health
19 October 2017,  2 – 3.30 pm (BST/ London time)

Session 2 - Building stronger linkages between agriculture and nutrition for health and development: the Ghana context (webinar resources are now available)

Dr. Richmond Aryeetey, Senior Lecturer with the University of Ghana School of Public Health
6 November 2017, 2 – 3.30 pm (BST/ London time)

Session 3 - Doing Things Their Way? Food, Farming and Health in Two Ugandan Cities (webinar resources are now available)

Heather Mackay, Umea University; Frank Mugagga, Makerere University; Lydia Kakooza, Makerere University
12 December 2017, 1 - 2.30 pm (GMT)

Session 4 - Achieving food and nutrition security among pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in Kenya - A gender perspective (registration is open)

Maryanne Wamahiu, consultant in food and nutrition security
30 January 2018, 1 - 2.30 pm (GMT)

Session 5 - Agricultural Biodiversity for Better Nutrition, Health and Improved Livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa – the case of forest foods in Congo Basin

Robert Fungo, Food and Agriculture Organization
28 February 2018, 1 - 2.30 pm (GMT)


Participants should register separately for each session. 


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