As IGA continues to grow and strengthen, we want to remember some of the people who helped us become the globally respected organization that we are. Today, we highlight Dr. Canagasaby Devendra.
Dr. Devendra earned a Bachelor of Agriculture Science degree while in New Zealand, a Master of Agriculture Science in Malaysia, and his Ph.D. and DSc degrees from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. His specialization is in animal nutrition and animal production systems, central to which is integrated natural resource management and agricultural systems. He is an international tropical animal production specialist with experience spanning over thirty years in research and development initiatives.
Dr. Devendra has written 19 books and approximately 496 mostly peer-reviewed publications and chapters in books. Recent additions are Goats: Biology, production and development in Asia (2007), and Small farms in Asia: revitalizing agricultural growth, food security and rural prosperity (2010).
Of course, there are many book publications by Dr. Devendra, which speak volumes about his efforts to promote the understanding of the science and management of goats, not to mention the many awards that he has collected.
He has worked in the University of the West Indies in Trinidad; MARDI in Malaysia; and the Animal Production Systems Asia programme with IDRC in Canada. He was a member of the Strategic Planning Task Force of ILRI in Nairobi, Kenya, and subsequently as Senior Associate. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, ADB, UNDP, FAO, IAEA, Commonwealth Secretariat, USAID, and several governments.
He was Distinguished Visiting Professor to the University of Delaware, USA, and has also been an external examiner to the Universities of Queensland, Australia, and Uppsala, Sweden, and the University of Life Sciences in Aas, Norway. He is on the editorial board of four international journals and consultant to seven others. Dr. Devendra was the first Asian recipient of the International Dairy Production award from the American Dairy Science Association in 1989.
Here is a small sample of Dr. Devendra’s numerous achievements, and the awards and accolades that he has received:
Impact on IGA
Dr. Devendra played an essential role in IGA’s development. In January 1982, during the 3rd International Conference on Goats, Dr. Devendra was a member of the International Goat Association planning meeting. This meeting was a select group of internationally recognized leaders in the goat world who developed the foundations of IGA. This group included Christian Gall, Pierre Morand-Fehr, Jean Boyazoglu, George Haenlein, and Dr. Devendra.
As a member of the first Board of Directors, Dr. Devendra played an essential role in establishing IGA as an international entity and in its development and success. This Board consisted of Jean G. Boyazoglu (Greece/South Africa), C. Devendra (Malaysia), Christian Gall (Germany), George F. W. Haenlein (USA), Peter Holst (Australia), Pierre Morand-Fehr (France), Maurice Shelton (USA) and Clair E. Terrill (USA). In 2018, we mourned the death of Jean Boyazoglu, and then in 2019, we mourned the passing of Christian Gall.
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