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) co-convened a four-part learning series around livestock and household nutrition from June 2016 to May 2017. The series brought together industry experts from the public and private sectors to share the latest in research and project findings. Together, we tackled a broad set of issues affecting the design, implementation and monitoring of livestock development interventions intended to improve impact household nutrition.

Selected themes included:

  • Measuring the nutritional impact of livestock programs

  • The importance of ASF in diets

  • Food safety issues with ASF

  • Technical considerations when implementing livestock projects

  • Review of the evidence of livestock programs on nutrition outcomes

  • Best practices when designing nutrition-sensitive livestock programming


CLICK HERE for our look back on the series

Summary of 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: Agrilinks webinar

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. ​

Animal Source Foods for Nutrition Impact: Evidence and Good Practices for Informed Project Design

Date: May 4, 2017

Venue: ILRI Campus, Nairobi Kenya

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

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. This one day workshop brought 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.

A video of the speakers and presentations is available on YouTube HERE.  Click the “show more” option to see the day’s agenda and time stamps for each session. Individual presentations are available on SlideShare, linked below.
Session I: Livestock to Nutrition 101
How can animal source foods contribute to nutrition, especially in the first 1000 days        
Jennie Lane, Land O’Lakes International Development 
Breaking down the Livestock-Nutrition Pathway            
Delia Grace, ILRI
Session II: Evidence, Assumptions and Practice
The influence of livestock-derived foods on the nutrition of mothers and infants in developing countries during the first 1,000 days
Silvia Alonso, ILRI
Harnessing the potential of livestock to improve nutrition of vulnerable populations-Technical guidance for program planning
Paula Dominguez-Salas, LSHTM & International Livestock Research Institute
Impact of poultry interventions on household nutrition in Tanzania and Lessons Learnt along the way
Robyn Alders, University of Sydney