Abstract: Goats have a key role in ensuring food security and economic livelihood to smallholder farmers in rural areas. Women play a vital role in goat rearing, promoting economic autonomy within households. Indigenous goats dominate and are of high significance due to their adaptive traits that are relevant for climate change and low maintenance. However, lack of emphasis on farmer-centered technology development and proper breed characterization remains a hitch to sustainable utilization and breed development of indigenous goats. This can be over come through proper linkage between market and production, workable regional and national agricultural policies, community breeding programs, collaborative research work within the region, and consistent government support.
Keywords: food security; goats; climate change; Southern Africa
We want to welcome our newest IGA institutional member, the Breeds of Origin Conservancy.
Breeds of Origin Conservancy is a voluntary organization established in 2016 in Malta. They believe that conservation of the endemic flora and fauna, indigenous breeds; native species and subspecies; and cultivated varieties of trees and plants is vital to preserving the Maltese biodiversity for economic, social, educational, and cultural purposes. Today, these indigenous breeds, endemic species and subspecies, and cultivated varieties of trees and plants are increasingly threatened through commercial agriculture and consumption habits. They are convinced that since the protection and conservation of these breeds, species, subspecies, and varieties are of vital importance to Malta and a part of their national heritage, it is their obligation to ensure their survival.
To learn more about Breeds of Origin Conservancy visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BreedsofOrigin
The 3rd edition of the Indigenous Goat Production Handbook is available. This book aims to assist owners of indigenous goats with semi-intensive and extensive farming systems. It looks at ways to improve the productivity of their herds and start commercializing. This edition contains an expanded section on internal parasites, specifically worms, innovations that have been carried out with farmers in South Africa such as goat dips and kid enclosures, and the results of lessons learned since the last edition. The book is part of an ongoing collaboration of the KwaZulu Natal Goat Agribusiness Project with HPSA, Mdukatshani, and the South African government and vets.
For more information on the project visit www.gapkzn.co.za.
Or contact Marisia Geraci, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to Marisia Geraci, IGA Country Representative for South Africa.
La Guajira es el departamento con mayor población ovinocaprina de Colombia, los animales han permanecido desde la época de la conquista en poder de las comunidades indígenas Wayúu, asentadas en la media y alta Guajira.
Los sistemas de producción, la crianza y manejo de estos animales se adecúan a el ecosistema en el que viven y a la cultura de la etnia Wayúu, siendo para los occidentales una alternativa que ayuda a preservar de manera eficiente los recursos naturales. El Ministerio de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural de Colombia y Agrosavia, investigan sobre la medicina tradicional y la proyección de estos sistemas a mercados internacionales.
Un agradecimiento especial a Clara Viviana Rúa Bustamante (IGA-CR, Colombia) por esta información.
Produced by: Mdukatshani, HPSA, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) and KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD)
Special thanks to Marisia Geraci, IGA's Country Representative for South Africa for sharing this information.
How to use this book
The aim of this book is to assist owners of indigenous goats with extensive farming systems. It looks at ways to improve the productivity of their herds. It is designed to be shared with farmers in a way that allows them to understand how to find their way through the book and how to find the information that they need. It is best if the book is used as part of a capacity building programme being implemented by extension officers and field workers.
There are further training materials to support training farmers with this book. They are available at www.mdukatshani.com, www.hpsa.org.za or www.gapkzn.co.za. These are training modules linked to sections in the book and can be downloaded as pdfs for printing, or as PowerPoint presentations. These training materials reference this book’s sections and pages.
Francisco de Asís Ruiz: “The potential of indigenous goat breeds and the increase in consumption of cheese”
IGA is proud to announce that Francisco de Asís Ruiz is our new Regional Director for Western Europe. Below is a translation of an interview by OVIESPAÑA with Francisco. Special thanks to OVIESPAÑA for allowing us to use this information. To read the original Spanish version, click here.
Francisco de Asís Ruiz is one of the most reputable researchers in the goat sector in Spain. He works as a technician in the Economics Department of the Agrifood Chain of the Andalusian Institute for Agricultural Research and Training (Ifapa) in Granada and has recently been appointed Regional Director of the International Goat Association (IGA) for Western Europe. In this interview, Ruiz analyzes the role played by the IGA, the structure of the European goat sector and its future.
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.