Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA)

LANSA is a DFID-funded research program consortium led by the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, with 5 research partners: the Collective on Social Science Research in Pakistan, BRAC, Leverhulme Centre for Integrated Research on Agriculture and Health, IDS, and IFPRI. Focal countries include India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. In Bangladesh the main partner is BRAC. The LANSA consortium seeks to understand how South Asian agriculture and related food policies and interventions can be designed and implemented to increase their impacts on nutrition, especially the nutritional status of children and adolescent girls. Key research questions include a) how can agricultural growth strategies, policies in areas such as food storage and trade, and public-private interactions become more “nutrition-sensitive”, b) how can agriculture and food policies be more strongly linked to other underlying determinants of nutrition such as women‘s status, social protection programs, and sanitation, and c) how can agricultural interventions be designed to improve diet quality and infection rates directly?