Livestock and Household Nutrition Learning Series

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

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.  Through presentations, panel discussions and facilitated group discussions, 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. 

A full write up of the learnings series can be downloaded here. An overview of each event is outlined below.

Summary of future events:

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

Date: January 25, 2017, 9:30-11:00am EST

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 will discuss issues related to food safety, livestock production, animal source foods, human health and nutrition.  We will look 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 will illustrate different approaches to providing clean, safe animal source foods affordable to poor urban and rural households. 

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

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Date: May 4, 2017

Venue: ILRI Campus, Nairobi Kenya

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

Event Summary: Each day vulnerable households make difficult decisions on how to utilize their household resources and how those resources will be divided between members of the household. Hosted in Nairobi, Kenya, this one-day workshop will take the summaries from the previous events, re-introduce existing livestock-human nutrition frameworks and generate discussion on how we can scale up and better integrate the successes in SBCC and engendered programming while being responsive to realities on the ground such as increased vulnerability due to climate change.  Event details will be posted in January 2017 and communicated through Land O’Lakes International Development and ILRI networks.

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 Sector Competitiveness Project II, USAID/TOPS

Event Summary: A webinar co-developed by the USAID SPRING program and Land O’Lakes International Development and hosted by USAID SPRING. 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: Land O’Lakes International Development and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) hosted 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