Got Milk? The Impact of Heifer International's Livestock Donation Programs in Rwanda on Nutritional Outcomes

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Rosemary Rawlins

Cornell University

Svetlana Pimkina

Cornell University

Christopher B. Barrett

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

Sarah Pedersen

Robert Gordon University

Bruce Wydick

University of San Francisco - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 1, 2014

Abstract

International animal donation programs have become an increasingly popular way for people living in developed countries to transfer resources to families living in developing countries. We evaluate the impact of Heifer International’s dairy cow and meat goat donation programs in Rwanda. We find that the program substantially increases dairy and meat consumption among Rwandan households who were given a dairy cow or a meat goat, respectively. We also find marginally statistically significant increases in weight-for-height z-scores and weight-for-age z-scores of about 0.4 standard deviations among children aged 0-5 years in households that were recipients of meat goats, and increases in height-for-age z-scores of about 0.5 standard deviations among children in households that received dairy cows. Our results suggest that increasing livestock ownership in developing countries may significantly increase consumption of nutrient dense animal-source foods and improve nutrition outcomes.

Keywords: Charitable donations, Child nutrition, Dairy cow, Food consumption, Meat goat

Suggested Citation

Rawlins, Rosemary and Pimkina, Svetlana and Barrett, Christopher B. and Pedersen, Sarah and Wydick, Bruce, Got Milk? The Impact of Heifer International's Livestock Donation Programs in Rwanda on Nutritional Outcomes (February 1, 2014). Food Policy 44 (2014) 202–213. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2628737

Rosemary Rawlins

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

Svetlana Pimkina

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

Christopher B. Barrett (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management ( email )

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Sarah Pedersen

Robert Gordon University ( email )

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United Kingdom

Bruce Wydick

University of San Francisco - Department of Economics ( email )

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
United States

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