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Livestock for Health in Kenya

Contributing to the prevention of acute malnutrition among children in pastoral households through nutrition-sensitive livestock programming in Marsabit County

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund, Washington State University and other stakeholders undertook a research-oriented project referred to as ‘Livestock for Health’ (L4H), implemented between August 2018 and September 2022 in Marsabit County, an arid land located in northern Kenya. 

The objective of the project was to determine the effect of the provision of livestock feed with or without nutritional counselling on reducing the risk of seasonal spikes in acute malnutrition among children under five years of age and pregnant and lactating women in dry seasons in Laisamis Subcounty in Marsabit County.

This good practice factsheet provides an overview of the project, including its methodological approach, implementation stages, impact and key learning.



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