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Uganda smallholder pigs project launches household nutrition and dietary surveys

Participants of enumerators for the household nutrition survey training
Participants of the enumerators training for the Smallholder Pig Value Chain Development project household nutrition survey (photo credit: ILRI/Brian Kawuma).

The Smallholder Pig Value Chain Development project, which is implemented by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and other partners in Uganda, will conduct household consumer nutrition and dietary surveys from September to November 2014 targeting 1000 households in five districts of Kampala, Masaka, Kamuli, Hoima and Lira.

The survey aims at assessing household food demand and nutritional security with considerations for intra-household resource and food allocation for children, men and women. It will focus on the demand, availability, actual access to and control over adequate food, especially animal-source foods by household members to assess whether some members may be at higher nutrition risk than others. The baseline information collected from this survey will enable identification of nutrition related best-bet practices for testing in subsequent years.

To support this work, 37 enumerators were trained from 8-12 September by staff from ILRI-Uganda office and Makerere University on the use of food demand and intra-household dietary assessment tools.

This activity is partly funded by the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish as part of its strategy to ‘promote increased level and equity in animal source food consumption within poor households’.

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