Written by Mouad Chentouf, IGA Regional Director for North Africa*
INRA – Regional Center of Tangier
This article was edited in collaboration with Francisco de Asís Ruiz Morales, IGA Regional Director for Western Europe, and translated by Jean-Marie Luginbuhl, IGA Secretary-Treasurer.
With an estimated number of 8 million heads in the 70s, the Morocco goat sector currently numbers 6.2 million animals. This significant drop in number is due to the years of drought that the country experienced during the 1980s, but also to the abandonment of this activity towards other more profitable agricultural activities.
Regional Director for Northern Africa
Mouad graduated as an Agricultural Engineer in Animal Production and received a Ph.D. in Veterinary Sciences. Dr. Chentouf is presently Research Director and Head of the Regional Center Tangier at the National Institute of Agronomic Research (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique – INRA) of Morocco. His research focus is on animal reproduction and genetics, and production systems analysis. He has numerous scientific publications on these topics and has coordinated several national and international research projects. He is also an invited professor of animal production and serves as an expert in several scientific committees.
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