The Akshaya Patra Research Lab

Policymaking and advocacy for children's food security, community participation, malnutrition eradication

The Akshaya Patra Research Lab is a partnership between The Akshaya Patra Foundation and the Indian Institute of Science to research in the areas of children food security, community participation, elimination of malnutrition, food security policy development and advocacy.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation has been effortless working towards providing nutritious food in the last 18 years. Being the implementing partner of the government of India’s school lunch programme, the organization has been instrumental in reforming policies pertaining to the scheme, improving the nutritional value for the beneficiaries under the programme. The programme has direct impact on the Sustainable Development Goals 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7, which are also the priority of the Government of India. As the Foundation scales in the nutrition and food security space, the focus on research is imperative. In partnership with the academic strength of the Indian Institute of Science, the Foundation aims to develop a knowledge epicenter with think tanks consisting of economists, philanthropists, research scientists, government officials and global institutes for building its efforts towards global advocacy and ending class room hunger and malnutrition.

"The Akshaya Patra Research Lab is a partnership between The Akshaya Patra Foundation and the Indian Institute of Science dedicated to children's food security policy development and advocacy."
Mr. Ajay Kavishwar
Director PR, Planning & Advocacy, The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Team Members

Prof. Anjula Gurtoo
Professor in Public Policy,
Indian Institute of Science, India
Dr. Deepika Swami
Postdoctoral Fellow,
Indian Institute of Science, India

Publications

Swami, D and Gurtoo, A. (2020). Criticality of Midday Meals for School Children Post COVID-19. IISc-CSP, Bangalore. 01C/06/2020. https://csp.iisc.ac.in/01C-06-2020/. [Full text]

Swami, D., Gurtoo, A., and Afsharia, B. 2020. A Report on Impact of Nutrition through Mid Day Meals: Building a Comprehensive Assessment Model. IISc-Centre for Society and Policy. [Full text]

News & Events

A Report on Impact of Nutrition through Mid Day Meals by Deepika Swami, Anjula Gurtoo, and Bita Afsharia published by The Akshay Patra Laboratory at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

The Report proposes a framework to build a comprehensive mid-day meal (MDM) assessment model. The framework provides the foundation to evaluate the multi-level impacts of the MDM scheme on a child’s nutritional health. The inter-sectoral convergence in the framework ensures a balanced and holistic view of the MDM scheme. The framework also gives us the potential to identify effective, high potential, policy interventions for improved nutritional health of a child in India.

Please find the Report here.

The Akshay Patra Research Laboratory commissioned at the Centre for Society and Policy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in association with The Akshay Patra Foundation.

Financial Support

The project The Akashay Patra Research Laboratory (TAPRL) is financially supported by the The Akshay Patra Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit organisation, established in 2000, in India that runs school lunch programme across India.

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