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 an 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


MSSRF-LANSA researchers share FSN evidence with Odisha Government

The Farming System for Nutrition (FSN) approach is a feasibility study undertaken in Koraput District, Odisha, and Wardha District in Maharashtra. This is part of research under the Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) programme consortium led by M S Swaminthan Research Foundation (MSSRF). On March 20, 2018, research evidence from the FSN study in Koraput was shared with the Planning & Convergence Department, Government of Odisha, and this was followed by an open discussion led by R Balakrishnan IAS, Development Commissioner cum Additional Chief Secretary. Other government dignitaries and representatives from academia and research institutes were also present for the discussion.

LANSA acknowledged as contributing partner in FAO's Future Smart Food initiative

Prakash Shetty , CEO - LANSA, participated in the FAO Regional Expert Consultation on Scoping and Prioritisation of Neglected and Underutilized Crop Species in December 2016. He shared insights from LANSA research on Millets as a nutrient-dense food crop to address malnutrition and its promotion under government food distribution programmes in India. The publication is an outcome of the consultation, and LANSA has been acknowledged for its contribution to the Future Smart Food initiative process.

LANSA research presented at International conference in Delhi

The International Conference on Critical Public Health Consequences of the Double Burden of Malnutrition and the Changing Food Environment in South and South East Asia was held on March 29 where Nitya Rao LANSA's Gender cross-cut lead and Professor of Gender & Development at University of East Anglia, UK, presented an overview of the linkages between gender, land rights, agriculture policies and programmes in South Asia.

LANSA research from FSN presented at NASI conference in India

Nitya Rao , LANSA's Gender cross-cut lead and Professor of Gender & Development at University of East Anglia, UK, presented LANSA research from India on ‘ Women in Agriculture and Nutrition: Prospects and challenges for gender equality ’ during the National Conference on Technological Empowerment of Women commemorating the International Women’s Day was held onMarch 8, 2018 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. This was organised by The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI).

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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