Milk collection at a dairy plant in Ol Kalou, Kenya

Milk collection at a dairy plant in Ol Kalou, Kenya (photo credit: ILRI/Paul Karaimu).

The MoreMilk project aims to generate research evidence on how informal milk markets can be leveraged to improve nutrition and health, especially in peri-urban settings. The overall objective of the project is to improve child health and nutrition outcomes through milk consumption. The project will evaluate the potential of milk markets and dairy development interventions to contribute to health and nutrition outcomes by:

  • assessing how markets and policies influence the quantity and safety of milk consumed in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania;
  • assessing the health and nutrition benefits of a successfully piloted informal dairy sector intervention (a trader training, certification and marketing scheme), through a randomized control trial in Nairobi;
  • assessing the potential reach of the dairy trader training and certification intervention, as well as bridges and barriers to scale and sustainability through surveys in India, Kenya and Tanzania;
  • assessing the drivers of milk consumption in dairy farming households in rural Kenya and Tanzania and developing a social behaviour change communication strategy for milk consumption; and
  • scoping priority areas for food safety investments with a focus on Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Nigeria.

The project will integrate a gender lens across these components. It will focus on understanding the ways in which women’s empowerment can be leveraged to enhance milk quality and household nutrition.

Start date: 1 October 2016 | End date: 30 September 2021

ILRI scientists
Delia Grace
Silvia Alonso

Partners
International Food Policy Research Institute
International Institute for Environment and Development
International Livestock Research Institute
Emory University

Funders
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Department for International Development

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