LIDC co-ordinates and supports one of the largest communities of researchers in the UK working across the global food and nutrition landscape. Utilising new tools and approaches our researchers aim to provide a road map to a sustainable global food system.
To this end, LIDC has pioneered a new paradigm: Agri-Health, to establish a unifying approach and methodology for understanding the relationships between agricultural production and population health, and the factors which drive them both.
This interdisciplinary initiative brings together research groups working on agricultural production; nutrition and public health; political and cultural dimensions of agriculture, food and health; and global change processes.
Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH)
LIDC established the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) to build a new inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary platform for integrating research in agriculture and health, with a focus on international development goals.
Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA)
IMMANA is a research initiative funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and coordinated by LCIRAH.
IMMANA aims to accelerate the development of a robust scientific evidence base needed to guide changes in global agriculture and food systems to feed the world’s population in a way that is both healthy and sustainable.
Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA)
A consortium including LCIRAH, Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA), has secured funding for research that will make recommendations on how agriculture and food-related interventions can be better designed to improve nutrition, with particular focus on children and adolescent girls.
Led by the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation in India, partners include: BRAC (Bangladesh), Collective for Social Science Research (Pakistan), Institute of Development Studies (UK), International Food Policy Research Institute (USA) and LCIRAH (UK).
The six-year (2013-2018) research programme is funded through a grant from the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition
LIDC is the Secretariat for the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, funded through a grant from DFID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The purpose of the Panel is to provide global research and policy leadership to maximise the contribution of agriculture and food systems to improve nutrition and health outcomes, particularly of women and children.