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).


Recent work


Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia

Food Policy Vol 82

This issue provides a snapshot of the agriculture-nutrition nexus in South Asia and outlines the pathways through which agriculture can influence nutrition outcomes.

20 February 2019

Journal Article

Principles of Innovation to Build Nutrition-Sensitive Food Systems in South Asia

Food Policy Special Volume 82

Innovations within global food systems have contributed to the predicament known as the triple burden of malnutrition – the co-existence of hunger and micronutrient deficiency with the diseases of overnutrition, such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension. We use the case of the triple burden...

Nigel Poole

14 February 2019

Journal Article

How do the State’s Organisational Capacities at the Micro-and Macro-Levels Influence Agriculture-Nutrition Linkages in Fragile Contexts?

Food Policy Special 82

This paper systematically reviews the evidence on what capacities the state requires to leverage agriculture for nutrition in fragile contexts, maintaining a focus on state in South Asia (especially India). It uses the framework of what the state ought to do (in terms of pathways), can do (in...

14 February 2019


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