South Asia

South Asia has experienced extraordinary economic growth, yet it has the highest rate of child malnutrition in the world. Agriculture is the main livelihood for the majority of rural families in South Asia, but its potential to reduce undernutrition is not being realised.

LANSA aims to generate evidence that, with practical application, can improve nutrition outcomes for those most vulnerable to undernutrition


With more than three in five pre-school children stunted, in some provinces, Afghanistan is among countries with highest prevalence globally.


Bangladesh has sustained a rapid reduction in stunting, but still around two in five pre-school children are chronically malnourished.


India has seen unprecedented economic growth, yet it is home to one-third of the world's undernourished children.


Over 40 per cent of children under five are stunted in Pakistan, and prevalence is increasing.

We don't just do research. 

To make sure the evidence we produce is relevant to decision makers and other stakeholders, we engage them in our research plans from the outset. We also facilitate knowledge sharing and learning between partners. 

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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