Friedman researchers are participating in the 2016 Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy Week. For five days, the global community of interdisciplinary researchers and research-users working at intersection of agriculture-food systems, health and nutrition convene in Ethiopia to learn, share, and strengthen collaborative partnerships with the goal of improving nutrition and health.
Day 1 of the ANH Academy Week got under way with an array of inspiring learning labs combining hard and soft skills for interdisciplinary research for agriculture, nutrition and health. Over 200 attendees joined from across the globe to participate in the first half of what promises to be a enriching and memorable five days.
Professor Will Masters, with assistance from Dr. Shibani Ghosh, both of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, led the ‘Measuring Food Insecurity and Malnutrition: Construction and Interpretation of Standard Indicators Using Existing Data’ Learning Lab during the first day of the ANH Academy Week.
Researchers and policy analysts who participated in the Learning Lab had the opportunity to review, explore, and critique the draft “User’s Guide” developed by the FSIN Technical Working Group on Measuring Food Security and Nutrition, and collaboratively construct and interpret the indicators from existing data. The Learning Lab was attended by 75 participants, who mostly had previous experience working with household surveys on diet diversity, and attended the Learning Lab to diversify their data and analysis skillset.
The ANH Academy is part of a ground-breaking five-year research initiative, Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) - funded with UKaid from the UK government.
IMMANA aims to accelerate the development of a robust scientific evidence base needed to guide changes in global agriculture to feed the world’s population in a way that is both healthy and sustainable. Through offering competitive research grants and fellowships for early career scientists, as well as establishing the ANH Academy, IMMANA seeks to strengthen the capacity of young researchers and facilitate international collaboration to stimulate the development, sharing and adapting of new and existing innovative methods and metrics for understanding the critical linkages between agriculture and nutrition.