Call for Proposals: Policy-related research

LANSA invites proposals on policy-related research   

LANSA is inviting high quality research proposals on policy-relevant priorities by 30 June 2014. LANSA seeks to draw on the expertise and knowledge of national and regional stakeholders in the core challenge of improving the nutrition sensitivity of agri-food systems, policies, programmes and interventions.

Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) is a research partnership that sets out to answer the central question: “How can South Asian agriculture and related food policies and interventions be designed and implemented to increase their impacts on nutrition, especially the nutritional status of children and adolescent girls?”

This research falls under our Enabling Environments Research pillar. The research priorities were generated at recent stakeholder consultations in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. The title of each sub-theme is followed by several indicative questions that elaborate on scope. The deadline for the call for proposals is 30 June 2014. Download PDF for more details.      

1) Coordination, collaboration and convergence of policies and programmes to leverage agriculture for nutrition

  • Harmonized policymaking – how can it be done?
  • What incentivizes cross-sectoral collaboration on nutrition?
  • Inter-sectoral collaboration – how to build bridges between different disciplines, sectors and actors (government, NGO, private sector) and break out of silos? How to do this at the level of policy as well as at provincial, district and community levels?
  • From policy frameworks to implementation realities (how to translate policy into real action)?

2) Knowledge and evidence of leveraging agri-food systems and policy for nutrition security

  • How to improve the vocabulary, grammar and language of policymakers, to improve knowledge, understanding and ultimately action.
  • Farmers’ nutrition knowledge and understanding, risk perception (for example, regarding extension programme opportunities).
  • The incorporation of nutritional priorities in food industry value chain policy interventions and private sector initiatives.

3) Women’s empowerment

  • How to empower women within agricultural systems?
  • Gender, women’s empowerment pathway, and how to reconcile trade-offs e.g. between engagement with agriculture labour and caring capacity (for young children).
  • Addressing intra-household inequalities in resource allocations.

4) Fragility

  • Role of climate change and its effect on the agriculture-nutrition link.
  • How can/should agri-food policy respond/adapt to fragility and protect nutrition?

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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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