IGA Country Representative for Bolivia
Angelika is a lecturer at the agricultural faculty of San Simon University in Cochabamba. Angelika is German but has been living in her adoptive country Bolivia for more than 20 years. Research is part of her responsibilities. Angelika manages a small flock of goats and sheep at her faculty, and she oversees the Small Ruminant Program. When we can get some funding, we organize practical courses for smallholders.
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Written by Angelika Stemmer, IGA Country Representative for Bolivia
San Simon University, Cochabamba
In Bolivia, goats are raised almost exclusively by smallholders, who practice farming, animal holding, and other activities.
Smallholders don’t consider goats the most important part of their work because other animals and crops can contribute more in terms of financial revenue. Nevertheless, goats have their value in difficult years, when crops fail or after natural disasters. They are the one species which manages to survive with little loss and they recover more rapidly. Accordingly, most goats are found in marginal areas, the arid and semi-arid zones which lack infrastructure.
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.