We want to let you know that a project to update the History of the IGA has begun.
We hope this record will provide IGA members with a better understanding of how the IGA came about and who and what we are. In addition to firsthand knowledge, this document is based on articles by George Haenlein and Warren Foote.
The International Goat Association has grown and achieved much in 40 years and has always stayed true to its founding principles. IGA promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life. We have worked with researchers and development organizations to determine the production potential of goats and how they can be optimized through best management practices, and we share this information with all who are interested.
Founded during the 3rd International Conference on Goat Production and Disease in 1982, the IGA’s first Board of Directors consisted of Warren Foote, Kent Leach, Jean Boyazoglu, Canagasaby Devendra, Christian Gall, George Haenlein, Peter Holst, Pierre Morand-Fehr, Maurice Shelton and Clair Terrill.
A few years later, Elsevier and IGA began discussing the creation of an official journal, Small Ruminant Research. Volume 1, Issue 1 was published in March 1988. Today, all 216 volumes are accessible online, and Small Ruminant Research has taken its place among the premier livestock journals of the world, championing goats and other small ruminants.
Numerous organizations have partnered with IGA over the past 40 years. While there is not enough time to list them all here, we need to recognize some for their decades of faithful support.
With support from organizations such as Heifer International and the American Institute for Goat Research, IGA was given the resources and time needed to achieve our vision of a robust global network of people and organizations linking research and production by sharing information, experience, and best practices.
We also thank some of IGA’s other collaborators, such as Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA), Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Central Institute for Research on Goats, American Goat Federation, and Caprirom.
IGA was and is a tremendous force for positive change around the world. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our journey.
We will send out an announcement when the fully updated History of the IGA is available, so please watch your inboxes, the IGA Blog or our Facebook page for more information.
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.