Reflective Practice stories

RU successes and experiences under LANSA influences MSSRF’s communication strategy

Published Date : Monday, February 26, 2018
The organisational set-up at the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) is around core areas of research for sustainable rural development; and the organisation has been working with community beneficiaries and on policy advocacy for almost three decades. There have been changes in the policy space as a result of MSSRF research.Since 2017, MSSRF is relooking at the organisation setup and is working on restructuring for better reach and policy engagement. So far, there has been no separate...

Bringing Research Back to Communities

Published Date : Monday, February 26, 2018
Women’s, Work and Nutrition (WWN) is a LANSA research study, led by Collective for Social Science Research (CSSR) and Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH). It uses anthropometric and mother-infant survey data to investigate the relationship between women’s work in agriculture and its implications on mother and child health and nutrition in Sindh, Pakistan. The research surveyed over 1000 mother-child pairs through a baseline and endline...

Communicating research with innovative tools

Published Date : Thursday, February 2, 2017
Enhancing the research uptake capacity among consortium members is an uptake objective as laid out in the LANSA research uptake strategy in the inception report. At MSSRF, the research uptake team has conducted several tailor-made capacity strengthening workshops for LANSAstaff since 2014. Questions were posed to gauge their knowledge and confidence levels, and also the usefulness of receiving training on data visualisation and videography.

Uptake is everyone’s business

Published Date : Thursday, February 2, 2017
LANSA aims to generate high quality research and use the evidence to inform policy and programme decisions to enhance nutrition through agriculture. To maximise the impact that LANSA research has, there is a great focus on the uptake of the findings. Since the start of the programme the research uptake team has worked hard to engage with stakeholders, include them in planning, understand their needs and to translate academic outputs into other formats in order to...

From online to direct engagement

Published Date : Thursday, February 2, 2017
Supported by MSSRF, LANSA research uptake was initiated for the first time in Afghanistan in 2016. A stakeholder database was created for Afghanistan, and all engagement activities were recorded in the Uptake Stakeholder Engagement Log maintained by the LANSA RU team. Several stakeholders from Afghanistan acknowledged receipt of the e-Newsletter and appreciated being connected to the important work being done in the region. There were requests to be kept abreast of work in Afghanistan...

Grabbing an opportunity for research uptake

Published Date : Thursday, February 2, 2017
Networking with Afghanistanstakeholders began in 2015 when research work started with policy landscaping and stakeholder mapping. Research uptake efforts began with online engagement to start with. In the absence of a RU lead for Afghanistan, the Research Uptake Manager based at MSSRFinitiated and maintained the stakeholder engagement database. The uptake and capacity strengthening workshopfor Afghan agriculture scientists from Afghanistan National Agriculture Science and Technology University...

Collaborations for new platforms of engagement to meet stakeholder needs and preferences

Published Date : Saturday, September 17, 2016
The Research Uptake Strategy drafted in the inception phase of LANSA has been adapted to meet stakeholder needs and preferences over the last two years.LANSA research analysis is making it apparent that the four LANSA countries share the same burden of undernutrition and have potential to leverage agriculture in their countries to combat the problem of undernutriton. Agriculture-nutrition stakeholders enthusiastically received this message and shared their experiences during the online...

Media engagement with LANSA scientists has a cascading effect

Published Date : Saturday, September 17, 2016
Right from the initial landscape analysis in 2012-13 media was recognised as an important LANSA stakeholder with a key role in disseminating MSSRFresearch to a wider audience. With Maharashtra blessed with vibrant State and District journalists, the Research Uptake Manager felt that print media would bring desired attention for LANSA work in Wardha and surrounding districts of Maharashtra.

Keeping up with stakeholders pays off

Published Date : Saturday, September 17, 2016
In February 2015, LANSA held a three-day online regional dialogue called Markets for Nutrition. The discussion focused on the potential of market-based approaches to increase the consumption of nutritious foods by low-income, undernourished populations. The dialogue provided an opportunity to learn from our stakeholders, share LANSA’s research and make connections with relevant actors. 

Bringing researchers and policymakers together in the battle against malnutrition

Published Date : Saturday, September 17, 2016
Through the programme of research and regular engagement with government and non-governmental stakeholders, LANSA aims to use the generated evidence to inform policy and programme decisions to enhance nutrition through agriculture. 


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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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