LCIRAH was established under a five-year £3.5m grant from The Leverhulme Trust to build a new intersectoral and interdisciplinary platform for integrating research in agriculture and health, with a focus on international development goals.

The Centre brings together researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Royal Veterinary College (RVC), and their partners, to develop research approaches and methodologies that integrate agricultural and health research. The research programme involves anthropologists, economists, agricultural researchers, public health professionals, and nutritionists working together on LCIRAH's overarching research question:

How do we achieve sustainable food and agriculture systems which promote health and well-being for all people?

The aim of LCIRAH is to better address complex global issues surrounding the need to feed nine billion people healthily by 2050.

LCIRAH research focuses on six key themes:
  • Agriculture, poverty, and health
  • Agriculture, diet, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in development
  • Emerging food borne and zoonotic diseases
  • Value chain approaches in agri-health research
  • Innovative metrics for agriculture and health research and evaluation
  • Impact of environment and climate change on agriculture, health, and nutrition