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?


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


LANSA organises consultation on policy insights with Odisha stakeholders in India

A half-day agri-nutrition stakeholder consultation was organised by LANSA to present data from the Farming System for Nutrition study in India by MSSRF on March 22 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. Gender and nutrition data from Odisha state was also shared and the short animation film - South Asia: Women in Agriculture - the Nutrition Connection was screened for the audience. Full report follows.

LANSA has global launch on International Women Day 2017

LANSA launched its first animation short film ‘ South Asia: Women in Agriculture- the Nutrition Connection ’ to commemorate International Women's Day on March 8, 2017. The film is based on LANSA's on-going research in four South Asia countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Paksitan. There was also an online campaign using Twitter, Facebook and Youtube to draw attention to status of women in agriculture and their nutrition condition in South Asia.

LANSA hosts seminar-discussion on Will you #BeBoldForChange?

Dr V Amuthvalli, Director of Social Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu made the Special Address on 'Empowering Women in Agriculture' on the occasion of International Women's Day, and eminent speakers from UNICEF, LANSA and MSSRF presented examples of empowering women for positive change. The session was moderated LANSA's CEO - Prakash Shetty , and Prof Swaminathan's concluding remarks gave much food for thought. The event was on March 10, 2017 at MSSRF, Chennai, and witnessed more than 50 participants from research institutions, academia, NGOs and PhD scholars. Find full report here .

South Asia Focus

Funded by UK DFID

This research has been funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK Government’s official policies



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