Written by Beth Miller, past president of IGA (2016-2021)
I learned many things from my decades of friendship with Dr. Pu Jiabi. He was my first friend from China, and a masterful tour guide, with an incredibly detailed knowledge of local history. Although he was already a well-established and respected veteran of the Animal Husbandry Bureau in Sichuan, China, he wanted to know how animals were managed in other settings and to create novel approaches for the Chinese situation. He was always curious and wanted to learn as much as possible about every new place he visited.
Dr. Pu was passionate about combining goats and training to raise people from poverty to security. He was committed to the mission of the IGA and felt that greater attention to goats could create opportunities for resource-poor people everywhere, especially in Asia. He supported Heifer’s sponsorship of IGA to bring greater recognition of goats as a critical and valuable resource. As an energetic Board member and leader, Dr. Pu was instrumental in organizing the 6th International Conference on Goats in Beijing, China, in 1996. He served as IGA Regional Director for Asia and as an IGA Board member from 1994 to 2002.
I remember Dr. Pu as a visionary leader and a tireless experimenter, but most of all as a great friend who always made me feel welcome. His enduring legacy is his many students rising to leadership positions in Animal Husbandry and thousands of rural people who enjoy greater prosperity from his work with Heifer China.
Former Director of Heifer China
I am sad to send this message out. Dr. Pu Jiabi, former Country Director for Heifer China, and IGA Board member, passed away peacefully last Saturday, June 4th, at 94. He was cremated, and his family held a brief funeral ceremony. I expressed our respect and made a memorial speech at the ceremony.
Dr. Pu worked as a breeding expert in the Sichuan Provincial Bureau of Animal Husbandry in China for about 40 years. He made significant contributions to breeding and improving livestock and poultry in Sichuan. In 1984, Dr. Pu visited Heifer International as a Sichuan Provincial Bureau of Animal Husbandry delegation member. He then submitted some project proposals, of which three were approved for funding by Heifer.
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