Programme and centre

Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA)

Despite rapid economic growth in South Asia, rates of child undernutrition remain the highest in the world. Nearly half of South Asian children are stunted or underweight, and progress on reducing rates of undernutrition is extremely slow. While agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for half the population in the region, the potential for using agriculture to reduce undernutrition has not been fully realised.

Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) was an international research partnership. We worked together to discover how agriculture and food-related interventions can be better designed to improve nutrition, particularly for children and adolescent girls.

LANSA examined and made recommendations on how agriculture and food-related interventions can be better designed to improve nutrition, with particular focus on children and adolescent girls. The six year (2013 – 2018) research programme was funded by the UK Development for International Development.

Led by the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation in India, partners included:

  • BRAC (Bangladesh)
  • Collective for Social Science Research (Pakistan)
  • Institute of Development Studies (UK)
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (USA)
  • Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (UK).


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Annie Lowden

Senior Project Officer

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Dominic Glover

Research Fellow

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Inka Barnett

Research Fellow

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Jaideep Gupte

Research Fellow and Cities Cluster Co-Leader

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James Sumberg

Research Fellow

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Jessica Meeker

Knowledge Officer

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Richard Longhurst

Research Associate

Recent work


Malnutrition is everyone’s problem argues latest IDS bulletin

As one in three people are affected, and virtually every country on this planet is facing a serious public health challenge due to malnutrition, the latest IDS Bulletin calls for actors from across sectors to work together to tackle the global epidemic.

5 February 2018


Assessing the Effectiveness of Agri-Food Value Chain Interventions Aimed at Enhancing Consumption of Nutritious Food by the Poor: Conceptual Framework

LANSA Working Paper Series 4

South Asia has experienced rapid economic growth, yet it still has the highest rate of child malnutrition in the world, and half the population is undernourished. This paper lays out a conceptual framework to guide the analysis of value chain-based interventions aimed at enhancing the intake of...

1 December 2015