Story by Puja Singh | Communication and Networking Officer | Heifer Nepal
Heifer Nepal partnered with National Agriculture Research Council (NARC) and the Department of Livestock Services to organize a National Workshop on Research and Development Strategies for Goat Enterprises in Nepal on September 27-28, 2012. The workshop was opened by Dr. Ganesh Raj Joshi, secretary of the Ministry of Agricultural Development, and chaired by NARCs executive director.
The main objectives of the workshop were to:
- Review, identify and prioritize goat research and development issues
- Formulate strategies to develop technologies for goat value chain enterprises
- Strengthen functional partnerships among stakeholders for research and development
Heifer Nepal presented three technical papers:
(i) Goat production for poverty reduction and economic growth
(ii) Goat meat value chain in Nepal
(iii) Adoption of improved goat management practices through farmers field schools
One of the main objectives of Heifers signature project in Nepal, Smallholders in Livestock Value Chain (SLVC), which started in January 2012, is to strengthen relationships with national and regional stakeholders. Sharing knowledge and building relationships in such forums has been instrumental in national, regional and local cooperation at a grassroots level. This collaboration with the countrys leading scientific agricultural research body and the governments livestock department will lead to future collaborations, both in livestock research for poverty alleviation and implementation of proven improved techniques in Heifer communities and all over the country.