Livestock and Household Nutrition Learning Series

Bringing together industry leaders and development practitioners around livestock and human nutrition

Partially funded by a Small Grant from the USAID/Food for Peace-funded TOPS Program, Land O’Lakes International Development and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) are co-convening a four-part learning series around livestock and household nutrition beginning in June 2016 and concluding in May 2017. The series brings together industry experts from the public and private sectors to share the latest in research and project findings. Together, we will tackle a broad set of issues affecting the design, implementation and monitoring of livestock development interventions that positively impact household nutrition.

Each event of the four-part learning series will address a specific theme. Themes were established through interviews with industry leaders and donor organizations as well as an on-line survey of researchers, field practitioners as well as government officials based.

Selected themes include:

  1. Tools and metrics for monitoring impact of market programs on household nutrition;
  2. Unpacking the Tension Between Nutritional and Economic Benefits of Livestock;
  3. Food Safety and Quality to Support Nutrition for diverse consumers,
  4. On the ground realities in implementing inclusive livestock programs that benefit nutrition in vulnerable households. 


Summary of future events:

Strengthening Linkages Between Livestock Production, ASF Market Systems and Consumption of Clean Safe ASF in Vulnerable Households

Date: May 4, 2017

Venue: ILRI Campus, Nairobi Kenya

Sponsors: Land O’Lakes International Development, ILRI and USAID-TOPS

Register here for webinar attendance. 
Click here for the agenda
Click here for speaker biographies.

Event Summary: Animal source foods are rich in nutrients that improve nutritional outcomes in vulnerable households, especially for women and children. Yet livestock development programming infrequently targets, measures or demonstrates nutrition results. Join us for a one-day workshop as we bring together experts in livestock, economics, gender and nutrition to:

  • Review the livestock-nutrition pathways;
  • Demonstrate how animal source foods can contribute to nutritional outcomes; and
  • Dig into the evidence of when and how nutrition results are achieved in livestock programming.

Evidence presented will come primarily from research and development programs carried out in East and Southern Africa. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of the complex issues associated with increasing consumption of animal source foods and tangible advice to better support nutrition-sensitive livestock programming.

Due to limited seating, this event is invitation only. Some sessions of the workshop will be shared via a webinar. If you are unable to attend in person, but would like to take part in the webinar, please register on the webinar page. A recording of the workshop will be posted after the event.

Summary of past events:
Livestock and Livelihoods: Measuring and Promoting Nutrient-Rich Value Chain Commodities

Date: June 16, 2016


Sponsors: USAID SPRING, Land O’Lakes International Development, USAID Rwanda Dairy Competitiveness Project II, USAID/TOPS

Event Summary: This event addressed critical development questions. Land O’Lakes shared their lessons-learned in collecting consumption data in the field, as well as the overall role of livestock and animal-sourced foods in impacting household nutrition. Links to this presentation can be found on the USAID SPRING events webpages.

Livestock Markets, Animal Source Foods and Human Nutrition: Considering Program Tensions, Maximizing Impact and Avoiding Harm

Date: October 17, 2016

Venue: National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Washington, DC

Sponsors: Land O’Lakes International Development, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and USAID-TOPS

Event Summary: A one day learning seminar in Washington, DC on October 17, 2016. The seminar aimed at bridging the gap between livestock ownership, market systems and increased consumption of animal source foods (ASF) by rural and producer households for improved household nutrition. For resources, presentations and other materials from this event, please click here.

Links to video recordings of the presentations and discussion sessions:
Session 1 Presentation by Shirley Tarawali
Session 2 Presentation by Jennie Lane, Zebiba Kassie, Kate McMahon & Todd Crosby & Discussion
Session 3 Presentation by Delia Grace, Presentation by Jef Leroy & Discussion   
Session 4 Discussion with Jim Yazman 

Issues and Opportunities: Addressing food safety concerns in animal source foods for improved household nutrition

Date: January 25, 2017

Venue: Sign up for the webinar hosted by Agrilinks here

Sponsors: Land O’Lakes International Development, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), USAID-TOPS

Event Summary: Using an interactive webinar format, speakers discussed issues related to food safety, livestock production, animal source foods, human health and nutrition. We looked at approaches to improving food safety and quality through livestock production methods, processing and storage technologies, risk assessments, policy impacts, opportunities for the private sector and consumer education. Three presentations illustrated different approaches to providing clean, safe animal source foods affordable to poor urban and rural households. ​