Upcoming webinars and other virtual events

Separated by quarantines and travel restrictions, nutrition stakeholders have turned to virtual events to connect, share information and discuss issues. Below is a selection of upcoming webinars and virtual events of interest – a list we will update weekly (so check back regularly!).  The list includes three sections, Webinars, Conferences, and Useful Online Resources.

Please share your webinar or other virtual activities of interest: Send us an email with the details (be sure to include date, time and a link) or share the information on social media using the hashtag #OnlineMIYCN!


How and why do people make food choices?

Jan. 14, 13:00-14:30 GMT (8 a.m. EST)

The first in a series on « Drivers of food choice in low- and middle-income countries: a synthesis of evidence, » organized by Agriculture, Nutrition & Health Academy. This webinar will include three presentations about selected projects to illustrate key findings on drivers of food choice at the individual and household levels with an emphasis on the dynamic and reciprocal relationship with the food environment. Speakers include Christine E Blake, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina; Mirriam Matita, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Department of Economics, University of Malawi; Helen Walls, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and Sigrid Wertheim-Heck, Environmental Policy, Wageningen University. Moderated by Edward A Frongillo, Professor & Director, Global Health Initiatives at Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, and a member of the Alive & Thrive Strategic and Technical Advisory Group.

Food choice involves the processes by which people consider, acquire, prepare, distribute, and consume foods and beverages. Viewing nutrition and health outcomes through the lens of food choice ties individual perceptions and behaviors to food environments and food systems. People are the key element of any food system, and their interaction with the food environment is a focal point for understanding what, how, and why people eat. The food environment both shapes and is shaped by individual food choices. The DFC portfolio has generated key insights into the drivers of food choice behaviors across diverse settings in LMICs, along with compelling new directions for research focused on understanding the relationships between food environments, food choice, and health outcomes.

Registration is required. Click here to learn more about the topics and speakers – and to sign up.


Unlocking Potential: Prioritizing Child & Adolescent Health and Well-Being in the New Decade (Global Health Practitioners Conference)

Jan. 27-28, 2021

Implementers, academics, governments, donors, UN, private sector, and other community health advocates convene in this multi-day, content rich meeting that features knowledge sharing and skills building sessions, recent evidence on cross-sectoral technical areas, dialogues on community health, and professional networking. Learn more at https://conference.coregroup.org/theme/

Useful Online Resources

Investing in Child Nutrition: E-learning Course on Infant and Young Child Feeding from A&T, UNICEF, Global Health Media Project, & Raising Children Network 

Working with UNICEF and a global network of experts, Alive & Thrive developed an e-learning course based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Combined Course on Growth Assessment and IYCF Counselling as a free online resource to address gaps in training for those working in child health and nutrition in developing countries, especially in primary healthcare and community settings. Available in English and French, the self-paced course can be used as a solid introduction or a refresher course; modules include counselling skills, breastfeeding, complementary feeding, and growth assessment. Resources on COVID-19 and breastfeeding have been recently added to the platform.  

Online training courses on nutrition from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy has created free online certificate courses as part of the Feed the Future Ethiopia Growth through Nutrition Activity. The intended audience for these courses includes those who are engaged in designing, implementing, funding and evaluating multisectoral programs and policies in Ethiopia and other LMIC countries. Each module involves an online lecture and completion of a quiz. Additional courses are added as they become available. Recently added: COVID-19 and Nutrition.