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The E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research has as its mission to develop and transfer enhanced goat production technologies at local, state, national, and international levels. The Institute has many strong ties with research and academic institutions around the world and has hosted visiting scientists from over 20 foreign countries for the purpose of conducting research and demonstrations. More recently, international activities with foreign institutions have expanded to include more aspects of training and agricultural development. These activities provide unique opportunities to not only increase knowledge of foreign production systems and constraints, but also to positively impact agricultural development in foreign countries and help alleviate poverty and hunger. The objectives of the E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research's international program are to: 1) Increase our knowledge of goat production systems worldwide and current constraints to increased production; 2) Build human capacity through training foreign scientists and agricultural workers in goat production thereby allowing them to more effectively carry out their missions of teaching, research, and extension; 3) Increase Langston University and Institute involvement in agricultural development and impact on human welfare; and 4) Enhance the Institute's knowledge of development and development issues.

Memorandums of Understanding and Research/Development Grants

Milking goats in Armenia

Over the past 10 years, the E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research has been involved in research, training and development projects with universities around the world. Memorandums of Understanding have been signed with universities in the People's Republic of China, The Philippines, Ethiopia, Brazil and Mexico. These memorandums of understanding have led to scientific exchanges and the conduct of various research grants. More recent grants have included activities in agricultural development and extension along with human capacity building through training and research. This is exemplified by a grant project conducted in Armenia, a multinational grant with countries in the Middle East and several grants conducted with Ethiopian universities. In Armenia, the E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research collaborated with the USDA Marketing Assistance Project and the Armenian Academy of Agriculture in "Fostering Future Collaboration between US Institutions and the Armenian Academy of Agriculture through Training and Information Exchange". This grant emphasized training of Armenian staff of the Armenian Academy of Agriculture and the Armenian Dairy Goat Breeding Center of the USDA Marketing Assistance Project in goat husbandry techniques, dairy herd improvement laboratory analysis and records, and herd health at the E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research farm.

Current international activities include research/development grants with universities in Ethiopia, a group of institutions in the Middle East and the USDA Marketing Assistance Project in Armenia.

In addition to development grants, the E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research has also conducted short-term training in aspects of goat research, production and dairy herd improvement for personnel from foreign institutions in Malawi and Armenia. The Institute has also trained Americans who are going to work in development projects.

The End Result

Participation in international activities provides the E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research with many unique opportunities. Not only do its scientists learn about goat production and constraints in foreign countries, but information generated through research conducted by visiting scientists can be used to increase goat production both here and abroad. Institute staff are able to learn about foreign cultures and customs, increasing their cultural awareness and better allowing them to perform their work. Collaborating foreign institutions benefit from the training received and from the resources made available to them for research and extension. Most importantly, through our international partnerships and the associated research, training, and development activities, the E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research plays a role in improving the lives of people in developing countries. The knowledge that through the efforts of Institute staff and the support of its clientele some village parents in lesser developed countries of the world are better able to provide for their children is an aspect of the Institute's mission that everyone who works and is associated with Langston University and the E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research can be proud.

Additional International Activities resources:
The Opportunities and Challenges of Enhancing Goat Production in East Africa
Proceedings of a conference held at Debub University, Awassa, Ethiopia, from November 10 to 12, 2000
Opportunities for Development of Ethiopian Animal Agriculture
A seminar presented by Dr. Tegene Negesse, Debub University, Awassa, Ethiopia

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