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Milk Matters in Karamoja: Milk in Children’s Diets and Household Livelihoods

Milk Matters in Karamoja: Milk in Children’s Diets and Household Livelihoods

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Households in the Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda have seen a precipitous drop in access to and availability of animal milk in recent years. The declining milk supply affects livelihoods, food security, and markets, but has the greatest impact on the diets and nutrition of young children.

This study, the latest under the collaborative initiative between the Feinstein International Center and Save the Children, examines changes in milk supply and uses by households in pastoral, agro-pastoral and agricultural livelihood zones in Karamoja. Using participatory methods of data collection, the research illustrates both how significant the loss of milk has been to diets and livelihoods and how households have responded to this loss. We find that households prioritize feeding any available milk to children at the expense of milk for all other household members and all other purposes. Nevertheless, the overall reduction of milk in the diets of children continues to have serious nutritional consequences that warrant further attention at the programming, policy and advocacy levels.

This report is available for download at https://wikis.uit.tufts.edu/confluence/display/FIC/Milk+Matters+in+Karamoja.
Households in the Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda have seen a precipitous drop in access to and availability of animal milk in recent years. The declining milk supply affects livelihoods, food security, and markets, but has the greatest impact on the diets and nutrition of young children.

This study, the latest under the collaborative initiative between the Feinstein International Center and Save the Children, examines changes in milk supply and uses by households in pastoral, agro-pastoral and agricultural livelihood zones in Karamoja. Using participatory methods of data collection, the research illustrates both how significant the loss of milk has been to diets and livelihoods and how households have responded to this loss. We find that households prioritize feeding any available milk to children at the expense of milk for all other household members and all other purposes. Nevertheless, the overall reduction of milk in the diets of children continues to have serious nutritional consequences that warrant further attention at the programming, policy and advocacy levels.

This report is available for download at https://wikis.uit.tufts.edu/confluence/display/FIC/Milk+Matters+in+Karamoja.

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Published by: Feinstein International Center on Oct 31, 2011
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06/27/2014

 
Strengthening the humanity and dignity of people in crisis through knowledge and practice
OCTOBER 2011
Milk Matters in Karamoja:Milk in Children’s Diets and Household Livelihoods
Elizabeth Stites & Emily Mitchard 
in Uganda
 
Feinstein International Center 2
 
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