Goat production program increase iron levels in Malawian village

Saving Lives in Africa

Professors help Malawian village combat iron deficiency with a sustainable goat production program.


While sitting in two different seminars about five or six years ago, Mark Miller began to wonder if a big problem throughout parts of Africa couldn’t have a fairly simple solution.

The seminars dealt with iron deficiency in women and children, which prevented them from generating healthy blood to fight off diseases such as malaria. Not even iron supplements made a difference, so after learning more regarding the deaths of these women and children due to iron deficiency, Miller, a professor of animal and food science at Texas Tech University, developed a plan that may have just saved villages in the country of Malawi.

Miller’s solution? Goats.

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