News from Flagship Five: Improving Human Health

Agriculture transforms landscapes and influences livelihoods, changing both the conditions by which human diseases emerge and spread, and the capacity of communities to protect themselves.

By expanding its portfolio to include Improving Human Health as a research flagship for the program's second phase, A4NH furthers its commitment to fostering interdisciplinary research to identify and address challenges shared by the agriculture and health sectors. Under this flagship, agricultural and human health researchers are working together to identify evidence of positive and negative effects of agricultural development on disease, and to develop interventions to reduce disease risks and improve human health.

To learn more about A4NH's work on improving human health, please visit the Improving Human Health Flagship page.

Below are news stories, blog posts, and other information that help inform research in this area.

Video: Rice, Malaria, and Africa’s Changing Landscapes

Jo Lines, Reader of Malaria Control and Vector Biology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and A4NH Managing Partner Representative, discusses rice, malaria, and how human activities are changing landscapes in Africa.

Integrated Approaches to Tackling Health Issues-Related to Agri-Food Systems

As food security becomes better assured, and food supply more complex, the negative impacts of food production become more salient. Agri-food systems support life but can also contribute to poor health outcomes of both producers and consumers and have negative impacts on the environment.

South-South Collaboration in Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance in Asia

Agriculture and health experts from five southern Asian countries have pledged to work together to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to advance agricultural development and human health in the region.

Workshop with German Partners to Mobilize Resources for Joint Research to Improve Animal and Human Health

Collaboration between the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and German partners dates back to the early days of ILRI's predecessors: the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD) and the International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA).