African Goat Improvement Network (AGIN), a Feed the Future Project Workshop June 12-13, 2014 in Ethiopia, co-sponsored by ILRI and USDA ARS
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ARS) with support from the Feed the Future Initiative supported by USAID co-organized "AGIN III", a third workshop for the African Goat Improvement Network (AGIN) entitled "Best Practices for Community Based Breeding Programs (CBBP) - Genetic Improvement of Goats" June 12-13, 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The workshop purpose was focused on determining best practices for CBBP implementation for sustainable selective small holder goat breeding programs. This topic is well aligned with several AGIN project objectives, and is timely with AGIN CBBP activities being initiated in Uganda and Malawi in 2014. Twenty AGIN members visited and observed ongoing CBBPs in the Menz region on a 2-day field trip prior to the workshop. The Feed the Future Initiative sponsored several awards given to the small holders in these villages as part of the demonstration for the CBBP visit. The Menz trip was followed by the AGIN III workshop, and another field trip nearby to Addis Ababa Ethiopia for workshop attendees.
Attendees included representatives from individual farmers and CBBP implementers, to university/research organizations, as well as government ministries, and research organizations (USDA, ILRI, ICARDA, ASARECA, UN FAO, Embrapa) representing 16 countries (11 African countries, and Austria, Australia, Italy, Brazil, and the US).