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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...
LANSA CEO is first recipient of Srikantia Memorial Award
Prakash Shetty who had delivered the first Srikantia Memorial Lecture in 1989 was formally honoured with the award at the annual conference of the Nutrition Society of India in Bengaluru on November 5, 2016. The award was instituted in 1989 by the NSI in memory of Dr Srikantia, a renowned scientist who made outstanding contributions in clinical nutrition, nutritional biochemistry and public health nutrition in India.
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...
LANSA announces seven successful formative and feasibility research bids
Following a very successful and highly competitive Research Call for Proposals under LANSA’s second Responsive Window, seven groups of researchers and practitioners have been awarded!  The winners are: Action Against Hunger; BRAC Afghanistan; Institute for Financial Management and Research; University of Heidelberg; University of Queensland; University of Sydney; and Vaagdhara.The awarded studies will conduct exciting formative and feasibility studies in India, Pakistan,...
LANSA felicitated for work done to advance nutrition
The Odisha Environment Congress (OEC) had its sixth edition in December 2015 between 22 and 24 at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. LANSA was felicitated for its outstanding work in the field of advancement of nutrition. Akshaya Kumar Panda, senior scientist MSSRF and with the LANSA Programme received the award from Aurobindo BeheraIAS, Former Secretary, Ministry of Forest and Environment, and the present Member, Board of Revenue, Govt. of Odisha on December 24, 2015.The event witnessed many distinguished...

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