“Nearly half the population in South Asia depends on agriculture, yet the potential of agriculture to reduce malnutrition in this region has not been well recognised.” This was a message that emerged from a daylong workshop and open forum organised by BRAC Research and Evaluation Division (RED)on 7 April at BRAC Centre Inn Auditorium, Dhaka. BRAC is one of the key partners of the international research programme consortium titled Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA). The workshop was hosted to bring together knowledge and expertise of key level stakeholders and champions on different aspects of nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food value chains in Bangladesh. Representatives of different line ministries and experts from the UK, USA, India and Germany involved in LANSA attended the workshop.
Participating stakeholders highlighted issues on women’s empowerment in agriculture and sustainable collaboration among policymakers from different sectors to improve nutrition in South Asia. Preliminary research findings on stakeholder interviews conducted by LANSA highlighted the importance of effective communication with policymakers. Policy briefs can be used to communicate more recommendations rather than just research results. LANSA is working to find out how agriculture and food-related interventions can be better designed to improve nutrition, particularly for children and adolescent girls in South Asia. The lead partner of this consortium is MS Swaminathan Research Foundation in India. Other partners include: BRAC in Bangladesh, Collective for Social Science Research in Pakistan, Institute of Development Studies (UK), International Food Policy Research Institute (USA) and Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (UK)
For further information regarding LANSA please visit our website http://www.lansasouthasia.org/.