Heifer’s Impact on Nutrition
A nutrition study being conducted by the University of Illinois of 300 Heifer farmer families in Zambia indicates livestock significantly impacts the diets of families living in poverty, increasing the amount a family eats, diversifying the types of foods consumed and also providing families more income.
Families given dairy cows increased milk consumption from once per week to six times per week
Families reported an increase of as much as 20 percent in dietary diversity, an indicator of food security
Income from animal products rose by up to 800 percent, depending on the animal received
Families spent their increased income on more diverse foods for their families