Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition
The USAID Feed the Future (FtF) Bangladesh Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition project aims to increase livestock productivity through increased access to better livestock management techniques and primary animal health care services, and to improve access of rural households to hygienic, diverse, and quality food in order to enhance nutrition and health status, especially of women and children.
ACDI/VOCA has designed an implementation approach that maximizes cost effectiveness, outreach, and sustainability by leveraging nonprofit BRAC’s extensive network of artificial insemination (AI) and village health workers. Under Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition, 82 BRAC AI workers will be transitioned to “one-stop” livestock service providers (LSP) offering feed, AI, and animal health services and products to nearly 50,000 livestock households in the FtF zone. Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition will also train 219 BRAC village health workers to communicate (i) the health benefits of livestock products, (ii) the preparation techniques for safe and nutritious milk and meat-based foods, and (iii) the benefits of investing income from livestock into household nutrition.
Ensure that increased livestock productivity at the household level results in both increased consumption of animal products as well as increased incomes for consumption of nutritious foods. Target key institutions to make them more inclusive of women, enabling them to have better and more equitable access to information on animal health, feeding, fattening, and marketing. Reduce gap between male and female farmers’ access to Community Animal Health Workers and ensure that women are not just recipients of services and market opportunities, but also leaders of change in the livestock value chains. Reach 82,000 cattle-owning households across the Feed the Future (FtF) zone, increase dairy cattle milk yields by 300 percent, and reduce the number of days for beef cattle to attain market weight by 60 percent Work through BRAC’s extensive network of 2,540 Village Health Workers (VHWs) and other participating dairies and relevant community-based networks to deliver messaging and training designed to improve utilization of livestock products and household nutrition. These VHWs will reach 579,882 households across the LPIN target districts.