2019 Symposium

7th Annual Scientific Symposium in Nepal

7th Scientific Symposium in Nepal

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition announces the 7th Annual Scientific Symposium to be held on December 10-12, 2019 at Hotel Yak and Yeti, Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Over the past six years these agriculture-nutrition symposia have attracted national and international academics and other stakeholders who are either interested in or are conducting research on the agriculture–nutrition pathways for application to programs and policies. The annual symposia, primarily supported by USAID has been a forum for Nepali and other regional and international scientists to present research on this pathway, engage in workshops and, to network and interact with peers across many sectors and disciplines. The event attracts academics, practitioners, policy makers and students.

The three days event will feature:

  1. Scientific sessions on that focus on agriculture-nutrition pathways 
  2. Keynote talks
  3. Interdisciplinary panel discussions 
  4. Workshops
  5. Opportunities for networking

Call for Abstracts

Nepal Symposium Call for Abstracts

You are invited to submit abstracts on research focused on agriculture – nutrition pathways. We welcome abstracts that cover cross-cutting and interdisciplinary research as well as those within disciplinary bounds that demonstrate their relevance to understand these complex pathways. Submitted abstracts should clearly link to one of the of symposium’s themes.

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Special Message to Participants

Dr. Madhu Dixit Devkota

“This symposium is an excellent platform to bring together the scientific community, particularly the young scientists, academia and stakeholders. It has helped identify the gaps and stimulate research in those prioritized areas. Most importantly, it has paved the way for integrating evidence and policy spectrum on agriculture-to-nutrition pathways.”

Dr. Madhu Dixit Devkota, Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University

Mr. Deepak Thapa

“The symposia offer a unique opportunity for learning new developments in how agriculture influences nutrition, networking with like-minded professionals, and discovering new motivation to take on new challenges.”

Mr. Deepak Thapa, Nepali Technical Assistance Group

Ms. Sabnam Shibakoti

"It provides an opportunity to understand the dynamics of agriculture-nutrition pathways in addressing malnutrition. You can relate and translate the evidence and insights shared during the symposia into action, both at your personal and professional front." 

Ms. Sabnam Shibakoti, Department of Agriculture/Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development Government of Nepal

Mr. Dikshit Poudel“I believe that despite one’s adeptness, one can still learn a lot through interaction with contemporary experts in the field of nutrition and agriculture. Nutrition Innovation Lab’s Scientific Symposium is an international rostrum that feeds into the growing research demand within Nepal and helps set development goals on agriculture-nutrition-health. I encourage participants to not miss the opportunity to learn about research advances and its linkages to development.”

Mr. Dikshit Poudel, Agriculture Forest University

Mr. Abhishek Khadka“I have been attending the symposium since 2013, when I was pursuing a Master’s Degree in Food Technology. The two-day symposium was very fruitful and continuously notified me about future NIL events. The best aspect of NIL symposium are the panel discussions among different stakeholders. NIL symposia also focus on student related sessions which I find very useful for them to get exposure with academics from other universities.”

Mr. Abhishek Khadka, Young Professionals for Agricultural Development

Our Sponsors

This year’s event is supported by USAID and co-hosted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tribhuvan University’s Institute of Medicine (IOM), Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) and the Nepali Technical Assistance Group (NTAG).

2019 Symposium Sponsors