Forum on Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition and Health at MSSRF

Chennai,Sep 13 (tamilnaducentral): Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA), an International Research Consortium Programme, led by M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, is organising a Public Forum on ‘Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition and Health’ at MSSRF in Taramani, Chennai.

Dr Prakash Shetty, CEO LANSA, will introduce the LANSA programme, and LANSA’s Research Directors, Dr Stuart Gillespie and Dr V P Singh will present what LANSA hopes to achieve in the South Asia region. Dr M S Swaminathan will Chair the Panel Discussion with eminent speakers talking on ‘Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition and Health’. The floor is open to public and media interaction.

Focus of LANSA Research Consortium Programme is to understand the role of agricultural policies and practices in improving nutrition in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. LANSA is thus organising this Public Forum to build awareness on how agriculture has a reflection on nutrition and health, especially in the case of women and children, in the South Asia region.

More about LANSA

Led by M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), LANSA is a research consortium programme of six organisations. To guide LANSA’s work and help deliver the ambitious programme, there are advisory committees and working groups.

LANSA work is funded by DFID (UK Government), and to ensure that LANSA research has an impact, there is special emphasis on capacity strengthening and informing policy and practice.

What does LANSA do in South Asia?

INNOVATIVE RESEARCH: LANSA conducts innovative research to discover how agriculture and food-related policies, programmes and interventions can be better designed to improve nutrition. It has three main research themes, and three cross-cutting themes.

Research themes include:

  1. A) Enabling environment for nutrition
  2. B) Agri-foodvalue chains, and
  3. C) Nutrition sensitive agriculture.

 Three cross-cutting themes include: gender and nutrition, innovative systems and fragility.

STRENGTHEN CAPACITY: LANSA strengthens the capacity of partners to produce high-quality research that meets the needs of stakeholders, by working with policymakers and other stakeholders to help strengthen their capacity to access, use and demand evidence to inform policies and programmes.

INFORM POLICY AND PRACTICE: LANSA engages stakeholders and decision-makers so they can inform its research plans. By involving research users from the outset it aims to make sure the studies are both relevant and accessible to them. And by finding out how stakeholders prefer to hear about evidence so that it can tailor the communications accordingly.

Venue: Sambasivam Auditorium, MSSRF Chennai on September 14, 2015 from 5 pm to 7 pm


5.00 pm: Welcome remarks & Introduction to LANSA consortium programme for South Asia Prakash Shetty, CEO LANSA

5.10 pm: ‘What does LANSA hope to achieve in the region?’

 Brief presentations – Stuart Gillespie and V P Singh, Research Directors LANSA

5.35 pm: PANEL Discussion – ‘Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition & Health’

CHAIR: Prof M S Swaminathan, Founder Chairman, MSSRF


Barbara Harriss-White, Emeritus Prof of Development Studies, Oxford University

Sowmya Swaminathan, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research Iqrar Ahmed Khan, Vice Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Faislabad

Jeff Waage, Chair, Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health Meera Shekar, Lead Health and Nutrition Specialist, The World Bank

John McDermott, Director, CGIAR Research Programme on A4NH, IFPRI

VOTE OF THANKS: Ajay Parida, Executive Director, MSSRF

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