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A tribute to Dr Prakash Shetty who passed away on September 3
Dr Prakash Shetty, CEO of the Research Programme Consortium (RPC) of Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) led by MSSRF, passed away in London on Monday, September 3, 2018. An expert in the field of public health nutrition, Dr Shetty was CEO of the LANSA RPC from October 2012 to July 2018. Prior to taking charge of LANSA, he had a long and distinguished career that included serving as Professor at St. John’s Medical College, Bengaluru from 1981 to 1993; Professor...
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 ...
Interview with LANSA-MSSRF Nutrition Scientist DJ Nithya by SPANDAN
Dr D J Nithya, Nutrition Scientist at M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) and works with the LANSA Consortium. She was invited to give an interview on dietary diversity and nutrition-sensitive agriculture in India by SPANDAN (System of Promoting Appropriate National Dynamism for Agriculture and Nutrition) network. The full interview is available here.
LANSA research from FSN presented at NASI conference in India
National Conference on Technological Empowerment of Women commemorating the International Women’s Day was held on March 8, 2018 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. This was organised by The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI). Special Address at the conference was given by Prof. M S Swaminathan, Chairman, Advisory Committee; Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister, Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forests and  Climate Change, Government of India gave the...
Join the LANSA IDS Bulletin launch live on February 7!
There is currently much talk of the private sector role in nutrition, and whether the state can ‘shape’ the market to deliver better nutritional outcomes. The forthcoming issue of the IDS Bulletin presents research findings in this area developed under the Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) programme underway in Afghanistan, Bangaldesh, India and Pakistan.The IDS Bulletin aims to analyse existing (or potential) agri-food value chain pathways for delivering...
NITI Aayog and LANSA seek better agriculture-nutrition linkages in India
India houses a large population of under-nourished people. As per the latest round of the National Family Health Survey, 38% of children under 5 years of age are stunted, 36% are underweight and 58% are anaemic. This bleak nutrition picture calls for support and action from policymakers, and the recently released a National Nutrition Strategy by NITI Aayog as well as the Government of India launching a National Nutrition Mission (NNM) to address the problem of malnutrition are steps in...
LANSA Research Uptake Capacity Strengthening Blog and Social Media Workshop
On August 11th, LANSA Research Uptake Capacity Strengthening interactive, hands-on session on Blog writing and Writing for Social Media (Twitter and Facebook) held in MSSRF, Chennai. The session guides how to write a blog, and provide tips for effective tweets and Facebook posts. 
LANSA Pakistan wins the Best Paper award
Sidra Mazhar, Mysbah Balagamwala and Haris Gazdar won the Best Paper Award for “The Hidden Economic Backbone - Women in Agriculture” presented at the LUMS International Conference on Gender, Work, and Society in April 2017. This LANSA paper argues that despite efforts on the part of national data collection organisations, flagship surveys such as the Labour Force Survey continue to undercount women’s contribution to the economy. Fresh approaches are needed for the proper...
Conference on Delivering for Success at Scale in Bangladesh
The BRAC, ICDDR,B and Institute of Development Studies(IDS) joint conference on February 7-8, 2017 built on the longstanding partnership between the three organisations to explore the role of knowledge in the conceptualisation, design, delivery and management of development programmes and policies.Bangladesh has been a lead player in the use and integration of research into development decision-making, notably in relation to health systems, nutrition, social protection, agriculture and poverty...
'Using the Optifood Tool for Diet Analysis' for nutrition scientists in India
 Feedback from the Optifood national workshop - 'Using the Optifood Tool for Diet Analysis' organised by LANSA and hosted by MSSRF for the first time in India for nutritionists in October 2014 promoted the phase 2 follow-up workshop in April this year. The five-day (April 4 - 8, 2016) hands-on training had several objectives and the main goal was to work with data sets from India based on food consumption pattern and design cost-effective food-based recommendations using locally...

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