Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition

Increasing Livestock Productivity to Improve Household Food Security

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Summary

The Feed the Future-funded Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition (LPIN) project is a $6 million, five-year project to impact rural household nutrition in Bangladesh. The project aims to increase livestock productivity through increased access to better livestock management techniques, animal health care services, and hygienic, diverse, and high-quality food to enhance the nutrition and health status of rural households, especially among women and children.

  • Improve rural household nutrition by improving the utilization of livestock products to support increased food security.
  • ACDI/VOCA will achieve this through two nutrition behavior pathways: livestock production for household consumption and livestock production for income generation.
  • Train livestock service providers, such as artificial insemination technicians and feed and animal health service providers, to become private sector entrepreneurs (PSEs) by offering an array of livestock-related services. These services include providing animal health services, feed, and other products to 82,000 livestock households in the project zone.
  • Improve access to hygienic, diverse, and high-quality food to enhance the nutrition and health status of rural households, especially among women and children.
  • Disseminate behavior change messages through a variety of channels to communicate: (1) the health benefits of livestock products, (2) the preparation techniques for safe and nutritious milk- and meat-based foods, and (3) the benefits of investing income from livestock into household nutrition.
  • Trained 11 Department of Livestock (DLS) officers and 33 DLS staff in animal nutrition management through international volunteer experts.
  • Trained more than 20 national and international staff, who then trained project beneficiaries, in livestock management.
  • Trained 76 PSEs, who provided cascade training to 5,500 livestock farmers, in animal health services, feed, artificial insemination, and business planning.
  • Established 60 improved plots for the demonstration and dissemination of fodder technology in collaboration with the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute and DLS.
  • Organized more than 30 animal health camps, covering 70 farming households on average.
  • Conducted a national-level cattle feed value chain assessment and developed a market system strategy for private sector-led innovation and partnerships.
  • Trained more then 50 village health workers (VHWs) in milk and meat processing and meat preservation.
  • Trained more than 200 VHWs in health and nutrition management.

Funder: USAID
Budget: $6,000,000
Contact: Cecilia Nicolich, cnicolich@acdivoca.org