Call for Papers: Towards Improving Nutrition Outcomes in India

Conference organized by SPANDAN research initiative and supported by a grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Venue: Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai

Date: November 8-10, 2018

This conference seeks to provide a forum for exchange of ideas among scholars who are engaged in quality research in the areas of agriculture, household food security, diet diversity, reproductive, child health, and nutrition outcomes. The central theme of the conference is to understand how India can end all forms of malnutrition by the year 2030 in line with Sustainable Development Goals. The conference is being organized as part of the research initiative ‘System of Promoting Appropriate National Dynamism for Agriculture and Nutrition’ (SPANDAN) which is supported by a grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The multi-disciplinary conference will comprise of key note address, paper presentations and panel discussions.  The synthesis of the findings of the SPANDAN research initiative on the linkages between agriculture, nutrition and health in India will be presented. We encourage submission of quantitative and qualitative studies from researchers and practitioners across various disciplines and fields: agriculture, economics, nutrition, demography, law, sociology, public health etc.

We invite contributions on one or more of the following themes:.

  • Test the strength and relative importance of pathways from agriculture to nutrition[1]
  • Quantitative studies based on one more rounds of National Sample Survey Organisation, District Level Household Survey and National Family Health Survey datasets
  • Cross country comparisons including India using Demographic and Health Survey datasets
  • Quantitative and qualitative studies based on primary data
  • Role of judiciary in achieving nutrition security and ensuring food justice
  • Experience of tackling malnutrition in mission mode
  • Public finance for nutrition
  • Evaluation of specific policies and programmes including food security and related missions, impact of procurement policies, role of safety nets and welfare programmes
  • Role of civil society and community-based programmes in tackling malnutrition.

[1] For a discussion see Vijay Laxmi Pandey, S.Mahendra Dev, Usha Jayachandran (2016) Impact of agricultural interventions on the nutritional status in South Asia: A review, Food Policy 62 (2016) 28–40

About SPANDAN: The SPANDAN initiative assembled and analyzed existing data with the objective of filling key knowledge gaps in the pathways from agriculture to nutrition. One of the important contributions is the integrated survey on agriculture, food consumption patterns, behavioral factors and nutrition outcomes conducted in Bihar and Odisha. The survey which was collaborative effort between Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai and National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad seeks to improve our understanding of how the nature and extent of participation in agriculture in conjunction with food, non-food consumption patterns and other behavioral factors influence the nutritional status of children less than five years of age. The overarching objective of SPANDAN is to inform policies, formulation of existing government programmes and future interventions aimed at improving the nutritional status of children.


Important Information
September 30, 2018 Last date for submission of extended abstracts of 2 to 4 pages / full papers. The extended abstracts should be detailed enough for the scientific committee to assess the potential of the paper. Kindly do not wait till the last date. The committee will be evaluating the submission on a rolling basis.
Papers can be submitted to the following e-mail address: spandan[at]
October 5, 2018 Authors are notified of papers accepted for presentation at the conference,In case of co-authored papers, the author submitting the abstract needs to identify the person who will present the paper.
October 26, 2018 Deadline for submitting final draft of the papers is October 26, 2018.
November 8-10, 2018 SPANDAN International Conference, at IGIDR Mumbai.
Logistics Participants will be provided domestic round trip economy air fare by shortest distance, local travel and accommodation.