The European Journal of Development Research

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 722–740 | Cite as

An Exploratory study of Dairying Intensification, Women’s Decision Making, and Time Use and Implications for Child Nutrition in Kenya

  • Jemimah Micere Njuki
  • Amanda Wyatt
  • Isabelle Baltenweck
  • Kathryn Yount
  • Clair Null
  • Usha Ramakrishnan
  • Aimee Webb Girard
  • Shreyas Sreenath
Original Article


Dairy intensification as a development strategy is expected to improve household nutrition, yet the pathways by which this occurs are not well understood. This article examines how women’s time use and decision-making patterns related to dairy income and consumption are associated with dairy intensification, as a way of exploring the links between intensification and nutrition. Results from our mixed methods study conducted with households representing low, medium and high levels of dairy intensification in rural Kenya indicated that children in high-intensity households received more milk than children in medium-intensity households. While women seemed to be gaining control over evening milk sales decisions, men seemed to be increasingly controlling total dairy income, a trend countered by the increase in reported joint decision making. Women from medium-intensity households reported spending more time on dairy activities than women from high-intensity households. More research on how dairy interventions affect women is needed.


Kenya dairy intensification child nutrition women’s decision making time use 


L’intensification de la laiterie comme stratégie en matière de développement est censé d’améliorer la nutrition des ménages, mais comment ça se passe n’est pas encore bien compris. Cet article examine comment l’emploi du temps des femmes et leurs modelés de prise des décisions, en matière de revenu et consommation laitière, sont associes a l’intensification de la laiterie, et à travers ça on explore aussi les liens entre cette intensification et la nutrition. Les résultats de notre étude, conduit avec des ménages à bas, moyen, et hauts niveaux de intensification laitière au Kenya, démontrent que les enfants appartenant à des ménages en haute intensification reçoivent plus de lait que les enfants appartenant à des ménages à moyen intensification. Il parait que les femmes sont en train de gagner plus de contrôle sur les décisions de la vente du lait recueilli au but du jour; et que les hommes contrôlent de plus en plus le revenu laitier total. Cette tendance est cependant contrée par la croissance signalée dans la prise de décisions communes dans les ménages. Chez les ménages à moyenne intensification laitière, les femmes signalent qu’elles passent plus de temps en activités relationés à la laiterie, comparés aux femmes chez les ménages à haute intensification laitière. Il faut plus de recherche sur comment les interventions affectent les femmes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jemimah Micere Njuki
    • 1
  • Amanda Wyatt
    • 2
  • Isabelle Baltenweck
    • 3
  • Kathryn Yount
    • 4
  • Clair Null
    • 4
  • Usha Ramakrishnan
    • 4
  • Aimee Webb Girard
    • 4
  • Shreyas Sreenath
    • 4
  1. 1.IDRCNairobiKenya
  2. 2.International Food Policy Research InstituteWashington DCUSA
  3. 3.International Livestock Research InstituteNairobiKenya
  4. 4.Emory UniversityAtlanta, GAUSA

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