Milk Matters: improving the health and nutritional status of children in pastoralist communities

K. Sadler, A. Catley & E. Mitchard

Feinstein International Center, Tufts University


Children that live in pastoralist areas of Africa are increasingly referred to as some of the most nutritionally vulnerable in the world. Yet, from work going back many decades, we know that animal milk plays a very important role in the diets of these children. Whilst there is considerable research that highlights the importance of livestock and livestock products for the income and the dietary intake of pastoralists in Somali Region, there is little work that describes either the use of livestock-derived products by vulnerable groups or the link between the consumption of animal products and the nutrition of young children.

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