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 researchers participate in ANH Academy Conference, Addis Ababa

Rohit Parasar, Giacomo Zanello and Mehroosh Tak will present at Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy Week in the 'Markets, Value Chains and Nutrition' session on June 24. Their blogposts are now online on ANH website. Haris Gazdar will make the keynote speech 'Making Nutrition Digestible: Conversations across tables' on June 23.The goal of the Conference is to facilitate learning and sharing among the global community of interdisciplinary researchers and research-users working on agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health.

To know more on what LANSA will present, read our blogs:

Studying food distribution in India through a value-chain lens

Buy or Make? Farm production diversity, market food availability and diet diversity in Afghanistan

Debating the role of agricultural production and markets for nutrition

Capacity strengthening workshop on Nutrition Awareness for LANSA scientists

LANSA in India works with agricultural and rural communities in Odisha and Maharashtra under the FSN study. The research is testing the broad hypothesis that undernutrition manifesting as deficiency of calories, proteins, iron and Vitamin A can be addressed through agricultural remedies. The scientists underwent a three-day (May 25-27) programme on nutrition awareness generation with the main objective being to understand the relationship between nutrition awareness and its influence on agricultural practices and food intake. A full report follows.

LANSA has its first stakeholder event in Afghanistan

Stakeholders are critical to the success of LANSA’s research programme and thus in collaboration with Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), LANSA facilitated a knowledge-sharing multi-sectoral stakeholder event in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 25. The consultation was a half-day dialogue with LANSA research and stakeholder interview summaries presented to key agri-nutrition stakeholders in Afghanistan. The event was widely attended with participation from Kabul and four other provinces. Media was also present. A full report follows.

LANSA organises research uptake and capacity building for ANASTU scientists

On April 19, LANSA partners - MSSRF and LCIRAH organsied a research uptake cum capacity strengthening workshop in New Delhi for agriculture scientists from the Afghanistan National Agriculture Science and Technology University (ANASTU), Kandahar. The day-long workshop was facilitated and hosted by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India.

The LANSA workshop was aimed at shaping understanding of nutrition while looking to stimulate and sensitise the agriculture scientists to consider how agriculture can help address the problem of undernutrition in Afghanistan. These scientists were at IARI for trainings involving specialised courses as part of the Government of India's initiative to develop capacity of students and faculty at ANASTU.

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