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Bangladesh Nutrition: Home Livestock

Research by Mahmud Khan offers an analysis on the costs and benefits of increasing homestead production of animal-source-foods as a means to increase household income and subsequent nutritional status. Khan identifies an increase in household income as the main benefit of raising livestock. An increase in income would reduce the stunting of children and increase their potential earnings when they grow up and enter the labor market. Rural diets would also improve as a result of increased livestock production. According to Khan’s analysis, each Taka spent would generate a result to society of 3 Taka.