In India, goat is called ‘Poor man’s cow’ and is an important component in dry land farming system. Marginal or undulating lands inappropriate for other types of animals such as cow or buffalo, goat is the best option. With very less investments goat rearing can be turned into a lucrative venture for small & marginal farmers.
Written by Bill Gates
Can goats empower women?
In one of the poorest areas of India, they already are.
This is thanks to a new team of health workers who are training rural women how to gain financial independence by raising healthier goats.
Recommendations from innovation platform discussions in Bihar, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh
In 2015, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched a scoping project for “Public Private Producer Partnerships (PPPPs) in small ruminant value chain development in India” with a view to build a solid understanding among goat industry stakeholders (public and private) on the profitability, competitiveness, and importance of investing in the goat sector as a mean to enhance the livelihoods of and business opportunities for poor farmers in the rural areas of Bihar, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.
Contributing to this scoping project, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) established a participatory process of constructive engagement of all relevant stakeholders in the sector through the Innovation Platform (IP) approach1. ILRI organized and facilitated two rounds of IP meetings in the three states. In these meetings more than 250 participants with different backgrounds and interests (farmers, producer organizations, private and public service providers, market agents, processors, regulatory agencies, development organizations, finance institutions, research institutes and policy makers) came together to jointly diagnose problems, identify opportunities and find ways to achieve their goals.
The first round of discussions were very broad and general in which participants identified constraints and suggested broad areas for improvement (Table 1). In the second round, discussions were more specific to help develop business cases for goat production, buck production, last mile service delivery, fodder production and small scale processing.
Country Representative for India
Mamta is a veterinarian with over 20 years of varied experience ranging from international organizations like GALVmed, South Asia Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Programme (FAO and National Dairy Development Board of India joint programme), Animal Husbandry Department of Rajasthan, and various animal welfare organizations.
Written by Yoko Tsukahara, IGA Board member
The Asian Regional Conference on Goats (ARCG2018) was held at Amity University, Rajasthan, Jaipur, India on Oct. 22-26, 2018. The theme entitled “Current Challenges in Goat Industry and the Strategies to Combat in Asia Region.” A total of 287 researchers, professors, and producers from 14 countries including, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Hungary, Japan, Mongolia, Spain, and the USA attended the meeting. The scientific program included keynote addresses, expert talks, oral and poster presentations, and brainstorming and valedictory sessions. The participants enjoyed a warm traditional welcome during the technical tour at the Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute which produces and conducts research on pure Sirohi goats, varieties of sheep and rabbit breeds, veterinary medical plants, and so on.
Invitation to attend the Asian Regional Conference on Goats, Amity University, Jaipur (India), October 22-26, 2018
Dear IGA members,
Greetings from International Goat Association! We are pleased to inform you that the IGA is supporting the Asian Regional Conference on Goats (ARCG-2018) organized by Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur (India) on Oct. 22-26, 2018. We extend a very warm invitation for you to attend this conference and to share your experiences with other goat experts, producers and enthusiasts.
Detailed information about the conference is available at www.amity.edu/arcg2018, where you can register online and submit an abstract. Early bird registration is available through August 31, 2018. You may also directly contact the local organizers:
Dr. Jagdip Singh Sohal (email@example.com)
Prof. G. K. Aseri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chairman Organizing Committee
We look forward to seeing you in India!
Experiências brasileiras de políticas públicas e projetos de desenvolvimento que incentivam caprinocultura serão apresentadas pela Embrapa no evento “National Conference on Building a Vibrant Goat Sector in India”, que acontece nos dias 16 e 17 de abril em Nova Délhi, na Índia. A conferência, organizada pelo Departamento de Criação Animal e Pesca do Governo da Índia, Fundo Internacional de Desenvolvimento Agrícola (Fida) e Fundação Bill & Melinda Gates pretende contribuir com discussões para o fortalecimento da atividade naquele país, com foco em questões como desenvolvimento, financiamento e mercado.
A Embrapa participará da conferência como uma das instituições convidadas pelo Fida, juntamente com institutos de pesquisa dos Estados Unidos e Austrália, e será representada pelos pesquisadores Marco Bomfim e Vinícius Guimarães, respectivamente chefe-geral e chefe adjunto de Transferência de Tecnologia da Embrapa Caprinos e Ovinos (Sobral-CE). As experiências brasileiras serão apresentadas por Marco no dia 16, em palestra sobre Desenvolvimento da Cadeia de Valor voltado para redução da pobreza, em sessão sobre experiências globais e prioridades estatais no evento.
Goats were among the first farm animals to be domesticated. Goats disseminated all over the world because of their great adaptability to varying environmental conditions and the different nutritional regimes under which they were evolved and subsequently maintained. The global goat population currently stands at 921 million, of which over 90% are found in developing countries. Asia is home to about 60% of the total world goat population and has the largest goat breed share of 26%. India is the second largest producer of the goats. Central Institute for Research on Goats (CIRG) in India is Asia’s only institute dedicated to Goat Research. Asia contributes approximately 59% to world goat milk production and India is the largest producer of the goat milk. Rajasthan state of India has the second highest population of goats after Andhra Pradesh and has two renowned research institutes of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (Central Sheep & Wool Research Institute, Central Arid Zone Research Institute) are executing R & D beside promoting goat-based animal husbandry in the country.
Through photographs and captions, this film shares experiences from a small ruminant value chains as platforms for reducing poverty and increasing food security in dryland areas of India (imGoats) project. Between 2011 and 2013, the imGoats project worked with women and poor households in rural areas of Udaipur in India, to transform their goat farming and marketing into a commercially-viable activity.
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.