Co-Country Representative for Colombia
Clara Viviana graduated with a Masters degree in Biology and an Undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of Antioquia, Colombia. She presently works as a Master Researcher for the Colombian Corporation for Agricultural Research (Corpoica) at the Motilonia Research Center. Her lines of research are nutrition and animal feeds and the productive and socioeconomic evaluation of sheep and goat production systems.
Clara was the secretary of the Sheep and Goat Production Value Chain of Antioquia from 2009 to 2015. She has also held the position of Inter-Administrative Coordinator at the National University of Colombia in Medellín to provide services for the evaluation of the productive characteristics and genetic improvement of goat and sheep. Additionally, Clara Viviana has been Coordinator, Technical Advisor and Technical Assistant of various projects financed by entities such as the Government of Antioquia, the Ministry of Agriculture and Development of Antioquia, National University, La Salle University, Corpoica and the Colombia Association of Goat and Sheep Producers.
She has also been a Lecturer at Lasallista University in Antioquia and the National University of Colombia in Medellin where she taught Non-Traditional Species I, Small Ruminants and Sheep and Goat Production.
Clara has published refereed articles and technical manuals. She recently wrote a technical manual (Manual Técnico de Producción de Leche de Cabra) about the production of goat milk using good management practices. It is posted on the IGA blog and available through the March 2018 – IGA Newsletter. She has made presentations and has participated in courses, congresses and seminars in Colombia, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Clara hopes to pursue Ph.D. studies in a foreign country to expand her knowledge and horizons. With the help of the IGA community, she hopefully will be able to fulfill her dream.
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