Do You Know the Worldwide Trend of Goat Numbers?

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Although referred as The Poor Man’s Cow, the worldwide number of goats has more than doubled (+109%) during the last 30 years, attesting to the importance of that livestock species to the livelihood of million of families. Conversely, during that same period the number of sheep and cattle only increased by 20 and 4%, respectively.

Thus, due to the increased importance of goats worldwide, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries, recently requested the International Goat Association (IGA) to undertake a study  to sensitize policy- and decision-makers about the impact of small ruminants in development, using rigorous case studies and economic analysis. The study titled “Scaling-up Successful Practices on Sustainable Pro-Poor Small Ruminant Development‘ is available for free download in pdf format on the IGA website.