Duration of programme exposure is associated with improved outcomes in nutrition and health: the case for longer project cycles from intervention experience in rural Nepal

Authors: Laurie Miller; Neena Joshi; Mahendra Lohani; Beatrice Rogers; Meghan Kershaw; Robert Houser; Shibani Ghosh; Jeffrey Griffiths; Shubh Mahato; Patrick Webb Journal: Journal of Development Effectiveness

Economic growth and poverty reduction are not always sufficient to improve child health and nutritional status. Heifer International promotes livestock introduction and related training for community development and poverty alleviation. These programmes do not directly address child health or nutrition. To determine effects of its activities on these important outcomes, Heifer conducted a 4-year longitudinal investigation in rural Nepal. The intervention was associated with significantly improved child anthropometry (related to the duration of intervention exposure) and child health. Heifer activities represent a viable ‘nutrition sensitive’ intervention, but these impacts take time to manifest and be sustained.