Animal source foods and nutrition during early life: An evaluation of the possible link between livestock keeping, food intake and nutritional status of young children (6-18 months old) in resource-poor areas

Published on 11 September 2010

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Start Date: 1 September 2004 | End Date: 31 May 2008


This project aims to improve our understanding of the role that animal source foods (milk, eggs, meat and liver) play in the nutritional status of young children in resource-poor areas and how this varies across households that practice different types of livestock activities in sub-Saharan Africa.

The project objectives are to:

  • evaluate the importance of animal source foods as sources of energy, high quality protein and bioavailable micronutrients in infants and young children consuming complementary foods in a sample of Ethiopian households; and
  • characterize the animal source foods available in the same households, and the pathways by which livestock keeping influences their availability.

The field work was carried out by PhD students from Switzerland (ETH) and Ethiopia (Humboldt University, Germany).

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