Armenia is an ancient land that once belonged to the former Soviet Union. A series of catastrophic events including independence from Russia in 1991 caused economic disaster for this small country. Many development projects have been started during the past fourteen years that have helped Armenia rebound from economic crisis. This article gives an overview of one of these successful projects. The information in this article comes from the author’s experience leading the USDA MAP Goat Industry Development Project (GIDP) from February 2002 to July 2004. The GIDP is a model for future projects in developing countries and became successful through dedicated specialists and by following basic Extension principles.

Keywords: Dairy, Goat, Development, Armenia, Cooperative, Youth, Cheese


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