Transforming dairy production and marketing: An essential step in ensuring food and nutritional security among smallholder farmers in rural Ethiopia

Birhanu Megersa Lenjiso, Jeroen Smits, Ruerd Ruben

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Abstract

Smallholder commercialization is considered as the pathway for household food security in many agriculture dependent economies. To study this link, we have conducted a household survey and observational study on food consumption patterns, household and intra-household dietary diversity and nutritional status in 164 dairy farm households in Ethiopia. Using the FAO dietary diversity questionnaire, all food items consumed by the husband, the wife, an adult boy, an adult girl and a child under five (when available) was recorded. The study reveals that milk market participant households have high level of dairy production, household income, dietary diversity and nutritional status of young children. On one hand, the study indicate that there is no significant difference between market participant and non-participant households on animal source food consumption in general and milk consumption in particular, despite the significant milk production difference. On the other hand, it indicates a positive relationship between household milk market participation, household and intra-household dietary diversity and child nutritional status. We argue that housheold milk market participation has a potential to improve housheold food and nutritional security in Ethiopia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Canada International Humanitarian Technology Conference, IHTC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781479989638
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event2nd IEEE Canada International Humanitarian Technology Conference, IHTC 2015 - Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 31 May 20154 Jun 2015

Conference

Conference2nd IEEE Canada International Humanitarian Technology Conference, IHTC 2015
CountryCanada
CityOttawa
Period31/05/154/06/15

Keywords

  • child nutrition
  • dietary diversity
  • Ethiopian
  • food security
  • Milk market

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