Gender and nutrition

Given the links between women’s empowerment and nutrition, gender frames our research.

Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture

How can agriculture interventions be designed to improve nutritional status?

Agri-food value chains

How can nutritional impacts be improved in agriculture and food value chains?

Enabling environments

How can agriculture and food systems be better linked to other drivers of nutrition?

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Nearly half of South Asian children are stunted. Agriculture is the main livelihood for nearly half the population in the region, yet its potential for reducing undernutrition has not been realised.

LANSA is a new international research partnership. We are finding out how agriculture and agri-food systems can be better designed to advance nutrition. We are focused on policies, interventions and strategies that can improve the nutritional status of children in South Asia.

What we do

Research to help us maximise agriculture for improved nutrition outcomes
Facilitating knowledge sharing and learning between partners and amongst stakeholders
Communicating research and engaging key stakeholders throughout the process



The Odisha Environment Congress (OEC) had its sixth edition in December 2015 between 22 and 24 at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. LANSA was felicitated for its outstanding work in the field of advancement of nutrition. Akshaya Kumar Panda, senior scientist MSSRF and with the LANSA Programme received the award from Aurobindo Behera IAS, Former Secretary, Ministry of Forest and Environment, and the present Member, Board of Revenue, Govt. of Odisha on December 24, 2015. Read More

Contract negotiations underway for successful bids

Following a very successful and highly competitive research call for the second LANSA Responsive Window,we have started contract negotiations with seven groups of researchers and practitioners to conduct exciting formative and feasibility studies in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

The studies will deliver a body of research on potential interventions in agriculture designed to improve nutrition and health outcomes especially in women and children. More information on the research projects will be available soon. Read More..

LANSA's evidence review on Bangladesh published

Although much work has been done on the theoretical links between agriculture and nutrition, there is limited understanding of the evidence from observational and experimental research studies on the impacts of agriculture programs on nutrition outcomes.The objective of this study was to assess the emphasis of the literature on different agriculture–nutrition pathways in Bangladesh. Read More..

Paper 3 of LANSA Working Paper Series now online

Undernutrition is more widespread and persistent in South Asia, including India, with higher numbers of undernourished people living in rural areas. Indian evidence often shows a weak linkage between agriculture and nutrition, though there is ample scope for agriculture to contribute towards reducing undernutrition.This study probes further to understand the linkage between agriculture, dietary diversity and women’s Body Mass Index (BMI) in rural areas of India, as few studies have looked at household nutritional intake and adult nutrition outcome in this context. Read More..

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