LCIRAH was established under a five-year £3.5m grant from The Leverhulme Trust to build a new inter-sectoral 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?
LCIRAH research focuses on five 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