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Does Ownership of Improved Dairy Cow Breeds Improve Child Nutrition? A Pathway Analysis for Uganda

This study examines whether adoption of improved dairy cow breeds is linked to farm-level outcomes that translate into household-level benefits, including improved child nutrition outcomes in Uganda. Although undernutrition was widely prevalent in the study sample and in matched households, the adoption of improved dairy cows was associated with lower child stunting in adopter household. Results also showed that holding larger farms tends to support adoption, but that this also stimulates the household’s ability to achieve gains from adoption, which can translate into enhanced nutrition.

Kabunga, N.S., Ghosh, S., Webb, P. PLOS ONE. (November 2017) Vol. 12, No. 11, pp. 1-17.