Strengthen Capacity

The LANSA programme allows sufficient time to build enduring partnerships and strong networks, and to strengthen the capacities of key stakeholders

 Training farmers in Bangladesh
Photo credit: S. Mojumder/Drik/CIMMYT

We are strengthening our own capacity and that of stakeholders in South Asia. This is an integral part of LANSA’s programme. Capacity strengthening will support our efforts to inform nutrition sensitive agricultural policies and practices.

Our approach

We will strengthen capacity by:

  1. Periodically reviewing our strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for undertaking and disseminating high quality research;
  2. Developing capacity amongst key stakeholders. We are using systematic frameworks focusing on the needs of three audiences (individual, organisational and institutional);
  3. Conducting joint/multidisciplinary research to experientially transfer individual and organisational capacity strengths across partners; 
  4. Regularly monitoring and evaluating LANSA’s capacity strengthening strategy to ensure it meets our overall objectives.

Strengthening our own capacity

We are strengthening individual and organisational capacity to establish research collaborations and successful research programmes. Amongst programme partners we are strengthening capacity in several areas: nutritional assessment, impact evaluation and value chain analysis.

A key strategy to strengthen capacity at the individual and organisational level is the development of active research collaborations across all partner institutions.  For example, partners are collaborating to develop a standardised programme framework to evaluate the nutrition sensitivity of agriculture interventions. Expertise from the six partners is being harnessed to strengthen our joint capacity in qualitative and quantitative methods for evaluating interventions.

IDS and LCIRAH are working with South Asian partners to develop skills in value chain analysis to support our research under this theme. LCIRAH is collaborating with South Asian partners to develop skills in nutritional assessment and enhance nutrition knowledge. IDS is working with partners to enhance skills in research uptake. 

We strengthen our capacity to promote research uptake by using a specially designed uptake self-assessment tool, we identify best research uptake practice amongst partners. The capacity assessment exercise informs a training/mentoring programme tailored to meet the needs of LANSA partners. Find out more about the Research Uptake Self Assessment Tool here. This is essential for generating interest in, and creating demand for, our research.

Strengthening capacity amongst critical stakeholders

South Asian partners are developing courses and curricula to sensitise researchers, academics, policy makers and NGOs to nutrition-sensitive agriculture. This will help create demand for research. In their respective countries, LANSA's South Asian partners have developed networks and advocacy skills to sensitise policy makers and NGOs about nutrition sensitive agriculture. We aim to strengthen the capacity of critical stakeholders to access, use and demand research evidence.

Several such workshops organised in 2014 and 2015 in India have broadened stakeholder understanding to identify and use research evidence, and have also helped us draw out 'windows of opportunity' for policy impact. Cross-learning and knowledge sharing has encouraged us to keep the engagement with stakeholders and has sharped our uptake strategy.

In 2016, we organised a workshop to build uptake capacity for Afghanistan agriculture scientist - a first successful attempt for LANSA!

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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