Impact of improved small-scale livestock farming on human nutrition

Hossain, Md. Emran and Hoque, Md. Ahasanul and Giorgi, Emanuele and Fournie, Guillaume and Das, Goutam Buddha and Henning, Joerg (2021) Impact of improved small-scale livestock farming on human nutrition. Scientific Reports, 11. ISSN 2045-2322

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Micronutrient deficiencies and stunting rates are high in many low-income countries. Increasing and diversifying food intake are often challenging for small-scale farmers in lowland areas as flooding often results in crop losses and drowning of livestock. A cluster-randomised controlled trial was conducted over 12-months in Bangladesh, involving 150 small-scale duck rearing households, including 50 control, and 50 households each in two intervention arms. Interventions focussing on improving duck health and duck nutrition were applied on a village level. Data analysis focussed on assessing the impact of interventions on duck mortality, sales and consumption, and on dietary diversity of household members. Improved duck rearing increased the consumption and the sales of ducks. Household selling more ducks were more likely to purchase and consume milk products, contributing to an improved households’ dietary diversity. Our results suggest that improving duck rearing can provide a suitable and sustainable alternative to maintain and improve dietary diversity of households in flood-prone areas.

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