Countdown to ANH Academy Week 2017 – what to expect? Insights from IMMANA Fellows

The ANH Academy Week in Kathmandu, Nepal, is almost upon us! As participants are preparing to travel and speakers are putting finishing touches on their powerpoints, we have asked previous IMMANA Fellows about their experience attending the 2016 ANH Academy Week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Our Fellows highlighted some of their favorite features of last year’s event, which will give you a flavor of things to expect this year.

Engage in meaningful conversation about ongoing research and tool development relevant to their own work

The Learning Labs (the training component of the Academy Week), in particular, offer attendees a chance to engage directly with experts who capture, analyze, and use agriculture, nutrition, and health data on important topics, and to discuss the creation of new metrics, methods, and tools. For example, last year attendees had the opportunity to review and analyze the Food Security Information Network (FSIN) user’s guide, and explored how to use different indicators for specific food security purposes. In small groups, they discussed data needs and limitations, and brainstormed, in plenary, on potential best practices for future research and development in this agri-health arena.

Gain exposure to a unique diversity of topics and disciplinary cross-overs during the research conference

Fellows appreciated the opportunity to attend sessions on a wide variety of topics during the Agri-Health Research Conference (the research component of the Academy Week). Topics ranged from animal source foods, through women and household nutrition, to value chains and markets, and experts from around the world offered key insights for future work. A final report from the conference last year, which includes resources and a full list of topics covered during the event, can be found here.

Share findings from their own work and collaborate with an expanded network of researchers in a wide variety of fields

Last year, IMMANA Fellows presented their work on developing metrics and methods for understanding the linkages between malnutrition and agricultural productivity among women in Uganda, as well as food system models to contextualize animal health interventions for improved child nutrition in Tanzania, among others. Though Fellows reflected that this was a great chance for sharing their own research, they especially focused on the benefits of the conference on their own learning, as it offered a means of expanding their network and hearing from others about interesting and innovative research in thei field.

This year, the ANH Academy Week will again provide these opportunities and will build on the topics presented last year. With Learning Lab sessions such as “Getting Published” and “Using the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) for Nutrition-Sensitive Programming”, attendees will grow professionally through practical skill-sharing, and will gain exposure to new knowledge through Research Sessions such as “Climate, Seasonality, and Environmental Change” as well as several sessions on novel agriculture-nutrition pathway metrics and program evaluation.

Attendees will be able to meet and interact with IMMANA Fellows and Grantees during a dedicated IMMANA session on Monday 10 July (for details, see the preliminary program).

For those not able to attend, following the event hash-tags on Twitter (#AgNutSympo, #ANH2017) and signing up for email digests will provide access to resources such as key highlights from the speakers and interviews with presenters and attendees.

The Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy in partnership with the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition will jointly host the 2nd Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy week and the 5th Annual Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition (Nutrition Innovation Lab) Agriculture-Nutrition Scientific Symposium on 9-13 July 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The ANH Academy and the Nutrition Innovation Lab invite the global community to participate in this event.

Contributed by Caitlin Joseph, IMMANA Fellowships Communications Assistant, Tufts University

Photo: IMMANA Fellows at ANH Academy Week 2016 in Addis Ababa (credits: Tufts University)

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