Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA)
(February 2012 - June 2019)
(February 2012 - June 2019)
LANSA is a research programme consortium (RPC) funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) UK. The consortium is based on the premise that nutritional trends have been stagnant over much of South Asia despite economic growth and improvements in agricultural productivity. LANSA aims to generate evidence on how agricultural growth in South Asia might become more pro-nutrition. The research programme of the consortium will identify policy actions which can lead to agriculture having a much larger impact on food security and under nutrition across the region. The Collective is the LANSA partner in Pakistan. The consortium is led by the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) in India, and includes BRAC International in Bangladesh, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) UK, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) UK.
Publications and Papers
Nigel Poole, Jessica Agnew, Natasha Ansari, Bhavani R.v, Mar Maestre, Rashid Mehmood and Rohit Parasar, Being realistic about the contribution of private businesses to public nutrition objectives. Food Chain, 9:2, 91–102, Practical Action Publishing. June 2020.
Rebecca Pradeilles, Elizabeth Allen, Haris Gazdar, Hussain Bux Mallah, Azmat Budhani, Rashid Mehmood, Sidra Mazhar, Ayesha Mysorewala, Saba Aslam, Alan D. Dangour and Elaine Ferguson, Maternal BMI mediates the impact of crop-related agricultural work during pregnancy on infant length in rural Pakistan: a mediation analysis of cross-sectional data. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth Vol 19, Issue 504. December 2019.
Nitya Rao, Haris Gazdar, Devanshi Chanchani and Marium Ibrahim, Women's agricultural work and nutrition in South Asia: From pathways to a cross-disciplinary, grounded analytical framework. Food Policy Volume 82, pages 50-62, . January 2019.
Rebecca Pradeilles, Tom Norris, Elaine Ferguson, Haris Gazdar, Sidra Mazhar, Hussain Bux Mallah, Azmat Budhani, Rashid Mehmood, Saba Aslam, Alan Dangour and Elizabeth Allen, Factors associated with catch-up growth in early infancy in rural Pakistan: A longitudinal analysis of the women's work and nutrition study. Maternal and Child Nutrition. November 2018.
Saba Aslam, Women agricultural workers and their rights. Collective Blog. October 2018.
Haris Gazdar, Social Protection and Women's Work in Rural South Asia. Paper presented at an Expert Group Meeting on Social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality hosted by UN Women in preparation for the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. September 2018.
Haris Gazdar and Marium Ibrahim, Poverty, Food Security and Nutrition: Linking SDGs Through Women Agricultural Workers. in Z. A. Bhutta and J. K. Das eds. Health and SDGs in Pakistan. Paramounts. August 2018.
Ayesha Mysorewala, Of Market Queens and Women's Empowerment. Collective Blog. July 2018.
Natasha Ansari, Rashid Mehmood and Haris Gazdar, Analysing Pakistan's Modern Dairy ValueChain Intervention. LANSA Working Paper Series, Volume 2018 No 29. June 2018.
Marium Ibrahim, What Does it Take to Change Your Mind? Collective Blog. May 2018.
Haris Gazdar, Lets Talk About... Wheat Flour Fortification. Collective Blog. May 2018.
Natasha Ansari, Rashid Mehmood and Haris Gazdar, A Value-Chain Perspective on Wheat Flour Fortification in Pakistan. LANSA Working Paper Series, Volume 2018 No 27. April 2018.
Natasha Ansari, Rashid Mehmood and Haris Gazdar, Going Against the Grain of Optimism: Flour Fortification in Pakistan. IDS Bulletin, Volume 49, Issue 1, pages 57-71. February 2018.
Natasha Ansari, Rashid Mehmood and Haris Gazdar, 'Milk for Milk, Water for Water': Analysing Pakistan's Dairy Innovation . IDS Bulletin, Volume 49, Issue 1, pages 91-106. February 2018.
Hussain Bux Mallah, Extending Agricultural Policies to Women. Collective Blog. February 2018.
Amna Akhtar, Invisible work, visible harm. Collective Blog. December 2017.
Saba Aslam, Ag-Nutrition Policy: Where are the Women? Collective Blog. November 2017.
Alan Dangour, Sustainable Farming Systems for Food and Nutrition Security. Collective Blog. October 2017.
Haris Gazdar, Women Agricultural Workers and Nutrition in Pakistan. LANSA Research Brief. Issue 8. July 2017.
Nitya Rao and Haris Gazdar, Women's Agricultural Work and Nutrition in South Asia: Policy Priorities. LANSA Policy Brief. Issue 8. July 2017.
Saba Aslam, Connecting Research to Ongoing Debates. Collective Blog. July 2017.
Saba Aslam, Beyond a Shared Language. Collective Blog. May 2017.
Sidra Mazhar, Who Works and Why: Detangling Women's Agricultural Work. Collective Blog. May 2017.
Marium Ibrahim, Does Empowerment Work Really Empower? Collective Blog. May 2017.
Sidra Mazhar, Mysbah Balagamwala and Haris Gazdar, The Hidden Economic Backbone-Women in Agriculture. Paper presented at the LUMS International Conference on Gender,Work and Society. April 2017.
Haris Gazdar, What Women Do. Collective Blog. March 2017.
Marium Ibrahim, When Help Hurts. Collective Blog. February 2017.
Azmat Budhani, The Hurdle of Hesitance. Collective Blog. February 2017.
Samar Zuberi and Rashid Mehmood, Plugging the Gaps between Farm and Fork. Collective Blog. October 2016.
Samar Zuberi, Rashid Mehmood and Haris Gazdar, Review of Agri-Food Value Chain Interventions Aimed at Enhancing Consumption of Nutritious Food by the Poor: Pakistan. LANSA Working Paper, Volume 2016, No 7. July 2016.
Sidra Mazhar, My Choice or Not? Collective Blog. July 2016.
Hussain Bux Mallah, Patriarchy and Women's Work. Collective Blog. April 2016.
Saba Aslam, Caste and I. Collective Blog. February 2016.
Amna Akhtar, Can Social Protection Programmes Lead to Greater Economic Agency for Women in Agriculture? Collective Blog. October 2015.
Samar Zuberi, Making Value Chains Work for Little Children. Collective Blog. October 2015.
Haris Gazdar, Women's Work and Wages. Collective Blog. August 2015.
Ayesha Tarek, Hospitality: the City vs. the Village. Collective Blog. July 2015.
Mara Van Den Bold, Neha Kohli, Stuart Gillespie, Samar Zuberi, Sangeetha Rajeesh and Barnali Chakraborty, Is There an Enabling Environment for Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture in South Asia? Stakeholder Perspectives from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 2015, Vol. 36(2) 231-247. July 2015.
Samar Zuberi, Research (uptake) - so what? Collective Blog. February 2015.
Natasha Ansari, Rights Beyond Property: The Boohars of Rohi. Collective Blog. February 2015.
Mysbah Balagamwala, Haris Gazdar and Hussain Bux Mallah, Women's Agricultural Work and Nutrition in Pakistan: Findings from Qualitative Research. LANSA Working Paper, Volume 2015, No.02. LANSA. January 2015.
Mysbah Balagamwala, Haris Gazdar and Hussain Bux Mallah, Synergies or Trade-Off Between Agricultural Growth and Nutrition: Women's Work and Care. Paper presented at the 30th Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists, Islamabad. December 2014.
Mysbah Balagamwala, Shifting Norms. Collective Blog. October 2014.
Samar Zuberi, Agriculture and Nutrition in Pakistan - Pathways and Disconnects. LANSA Research Brief. Issue 1. October 2014.
Michael Loevinsohn and Rashid Mehmood, Convergence on Nutrition in Agricultural Systems of Innovation: Concepts and Methods, with Examples from Pakistan. LANSA Working Paper, Volume 2014, No.01. LANSA. October 2014.
Samar Zuberi, Scaling up Food Fortification in Pakistan: A Feasible Option. Collective/LANSA Blog. July 2014.
Rashid Mehmood and Samar Zuberi, Review of Agri-Food Chain Interventions Aimed at Enhancing Consumption of Nutritious Food by the Poor: Pakistan. LANSA Internal Paper. June 2014.
Samar Zuberi, The Beginning of a Dialogue: Responsive Agriculture-Nutrition Research. Collective/LANSA Blog. May 2014.
Haris Gazdar, A Window Half Open: Nutrition Policy in Pakistan. text box in Chapter 7 (Unpacking the Politics by Stuart Gillespie) of the 2013 Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI. March 2014.
Haris Gazdar, Considering Fragility: A Disconnect between Agriculture and Nutrition. Collective/SecureNutrition Blog. July 2013.
Mysbah Balagamwala and Haris Gazdar, Agriculture and Nutrition in Pakistan: Pathways and Disconnects. IDS Bulletin, 44: 66-74. May 2013.
Mysbah Balagamwala and Haris Gazdar, Agriculture and Nutrition in Pakistan - Pathways and Disconnects. LANSA Pakistan Evidence Paper. LANSA and Collective for Social Science Research. May 2013.
News / Events
Haris Gazdar presented at a session on Decent Work and Informal Economy for Women in Pakistan in the International Policy Conference: The Social Economy of Gender. The conference was hosted by the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) in Lahore.
Recognising the Rights of Women Agricultural Workers in South Asia: Roundtable on Policy, Politics and Impact. Hosted by UN Women and LANSA in Bangkok.
Consultation on Rights and Wellbeing of Women Agricultural Workers in Pakistan, hosted by National Commission on the Status of Women and Collective for Social Science Research.
Feasibility of Agricultural Asset Transfers to Improve Nutrition in Pakistan. Poster presentation by Ayesha Mysorewala at Agriculture Nutrition and Health Academy Week, Accra, Ghana on June 25-29, 2018.
Food Security, Hunger and Nutrition in Sindh: Concepts, Situation and Policies. Presentation by Haris Gazdar at a Seminar on Food Security, Hunger and Nutrition hosted by the Planning & Development Department, Sindh and EU PFM-SPP.
Women Agricultural Workers and Nutrition - Recognize, Promote and Protect. Policy dialogue at PODA Pakistan 10th International Conference on Rural Women Day.
'Gender and Poverty: perspectives from South Asia focusing on women agricultural workers.' Haris Gazdar's presentation at a Special Event of the Second Committee of United Nations General Assembly on 'Measuring women's work and implications for poverty analysis in South Asia'.
Surveyed become Surveyors: Communities generate evidence for action. Video poster by the Research to Action Team at the ANH Academy 2017.
The hidden economic backbone - Women in agriculture. Sidra Mazhar presented at the International Conference on Gender, Work and Society.
Call for Proposals: formative and feasibility agriculture intervention research studies.