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AGIN IV Participants at the UN in Rome



African Goat Improvement Network (AGIN) Fourth International Meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, February 2016

The fourth meeting of the African Goat Improvement Network (AGIN) was hosted at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome, Italy February 22-24, 2016. AGIN was established by the Feed the Future (FtF) - ARS Livestock Improvement Project. Forty-three participants from 17 countries, representing government and university researchers, international development experts, and post docs and graduate students attended, including representatives from USAID in DC, and the mission in Rome. Specific outcomes include a strategic plan to implement, test, and evaluate a novel approach to livestock development focused on long-term, sustainable solutions via integration of 1) Community Based Breeding Programs (CBBP, i.e. developing breeding criteria and programs directly with small-holder farmers), 2) application of modern genomics and genetic tools based on farmer input for use within the CBBPs, and 3) multi-level networking and capacity building. An AGIN listserv and resources website ( have been created to facilitate knowledge and resource sharing, support and collaboration. See the current list of AGIN partners here.

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