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March 8, 2016Knowledge Portal
Milking the data: Measuring milk off-take in extensive livestock systems. Experimental evidence from Niger

This article argues that our understanding of the role of dairy production in livelihoods and nutritional outcomes is hindered by the lack of decent quality household survey data. It shows that reasonably accurate estimates via recall methods are possible, and provides a clear ranking of questionnaire design options that can inform future survey operations. While milk is an important source of cash and nutrients for many households in developing countries, data on milk off-take for human consumption are often difficult to collect in household surveys. »

Natural Livestock Farming Antibiotic reduction strategy raises interest at World Bank
February 26, 2016Expert opinion
Natural Livestock Farming Antibiotic reduction strategy raises interest at World Bank

The experiences of the Natural Livestock Farming network and its strategy developed to reduce antibiotic use in dairy farming were presented in Washington DC earlier this week and last week. »

February 15, 2016Knowledge Portal
Are there nutritional trade-offs in increasing women’s time in agriculture?

elaborates on the linkages between women’s engagement in farming and nutrition within rural households. Many studies have shown that one way to improve nutrition among rural households is to increase women’s engagement in farming since increasing women’s control of food production and their power to make decisions, leads to better nutrition for their families. However, increasing women’s time in agriculture may also have adverse effects on their own and their families’ nutrition, taking time away from nutrition-improving domestic work such as preparing food, feeding, childcare, collecting water and firewood, and engaging in good hygiene and sanitation practices. »

January 25, 2016Knowledge Portal
Milk in the data: Food security impacts from a livestock field experiment in Zambia

This article in the World Development Journal studies the effect of livestock gift program in Zambia on household food security. Smallholder livestock ownership has potential to enhance food security by raising incomes of the poor and by increasing the availability of nutrient-dense foods. »

December 30, 2015Knowledge Portal
Effects of co-operatives and contracts on rural income and production in the dairy supply chains: Evidence from Northern Ethiopia

This article pays particular attention to the impact of co-operatives and contracts on dairy production and the income of dairy farmers in the local food chains in Northern Ethiopia. Farmer-induced collective action (co-operatives) or buyer-driven contracts are often in place in global agrifood chains. The authors suggest that strengthening co-operatives may enhance and upgrade the dairy sector/chain, improve the livelihoods of smallholders, and facilitate the link to global food chains. »

November 16, 2015Knowledge Portal
Legitimizing informal markets: A case study of the dairy sector in Kenya

This brief reflects on informal dairy markets and their legitimization in Kenya. New approaches, based on gradual improvements and an inclusive path to formalization, are evaluated as promising to ensure safe food in the dairy sector »