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Date: Thursday, August 19, 2004
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Dr. Christopher D. Lu, vice chancellor for academic affairs of the University of Hawaii at Hilo and professor in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management, recently was elected as president of the International Goat Association during the Association’s International Conference on Goats held in Pretoria, South Africa in July. Lu will serve a four-year term until the next International Conference on Goats, to be held in Cancun, Mexico in 2008. In the past, Lu served as a member of the editorial board, associate editor, a member of the board of directors and vice president for the Association.

The International Goat Association is an international organization of educators, scientists, veterinarians, technologists, producers, extensionists, project leaders and development experts who advance goat management and marketing to improve human nutrition and social welfare, and to promote sustainable rural development. Since its inception in 1982, the Association has contributed significantly in changing lives of people in developing regions through the
introduction and promotion of goat production, processing and marketing as an effective avenue in rural development. The Association is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas.

“The aim of International Goat Association includes fostering the use of goats to meet the needs of goat producers and those who depend on them for food and livelihood, encouraging goat research and development to increase their productivity and usefulness throughout the world, enhancing education, training and information transfer from the scientific level to applied development, promoting exchanges of information and practical experiences, and sharing information about the goat sector to influence public policy and understanding,” Lu explained.

The Association perpetuates the International Conferences on Goats every four years. It supports and sponsors regional conferences on goats between the two international conferences. The Association sponsors the refereed scientific journal, Small Ruminant Research, a highly acclaimed publication and one of the most frequently cited journals in the field. International Goat Association’s global membership covers more than 70 countries and has a networking capability of organizing expertise throughout the world.

“It is a distinct honor to serve at the leadership role for an organization that can improve the quality of life in the developing regions of the world,” Lu said. “The Association is about changing people’s lives, poverty alleviation and economic transformation and success. With a global perspective and regional impact in mind, I hope to lead this organization to reach out to those in need.”

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