International Projects

COMPLETED INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

 

Title: Handbook for Livestock Research on Smallholder Farms in Developing Countries


Funding Source: USDA Scientific Cooperation Research Program


Period: 2012-2014


Institutions: Langston University; Hawassa University; West Bengal University and Animal and Fishery Sciences; Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology; Jordan University of Science and Technology; Universidad Autónoma Chapingo; Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Fort Valley State University; and Kyoto University


Objective: A handbook for livestock research on smallholder farms in developing countries will be developed. Emphasis will be given to experimental design and data analysis. Input will be received from experts in different areas of the world (i.e., Ethiopia, India, China, Jordan, and Mexico), including regional cultural and social considerations.

 

Title: Enhancing Capacity for Research, Extension, and Teaching Activities with Small Ruminants of Bunda College of Agriculture in Malawi and Egerton University in Kenya


Funding Source: USAID, with administration by USDA Foreign Agricultural Service


Period: 2012-2014


Institutions: Langston University; Bunda College of Agriculture; and Egerton University


Objective: Bunda College of Agriculture: 1) improve the analytical capacity of the Department of Animal Science animal nutrition laboratory of BCA to determine the nutritive value of livestock feedstuffs, inclusive of equipment and supply procurement and associated training and 2) increase knowledge in areas of animal science to enhance the quality of undergraduate and graduate student teaching and increase capacity for research and extension activities.


Objective: Egerton University: 1) create capacity at EGU in artificial insemination of goats, encompassing use of fresh and frozen semen and to collect and store frozen semen, by establishing an artificial insemination center and provide relevant training; 2) import live animals of three dairy goat breeds to use in natural breeding and artificial insemination for multiplication of purebreds as well as crossbreeding in a community development program; and 3) provide training in areas of animal science relative to management of exotic dairy goat breeds, such as breeding and record-keeping, health and internal parasite management, preparation of teaser bucks for heat detection, and dairy goat product technology.

 

Title: Applied Reproductive Technologies for Caprine Embryo and Gamete Management:Langston University’s Expression of Interest for Borlaug Fellow (Kenya)


Funding Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service


Period: 2014-2015


Institutions: Langston University and Kabete Veterinary Research Laboratory


Objective: Provide training in effective assisted-reproductive technologies.

 

Title: Genomic Selection in Dairy Goats: Langston University’s Expression of Interest for Borlaug Fellow (Kenya)


Funding Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service


Period: 2014-2015


Institutions: Langston University and Maseno University


Objective: Provide training in effective genomic-enhanced selection

 

Title: Training of Wollo University in Artificial Insemination of Goats


Funding Source: US Embassy in Ethiopia


Period: 2012


Institutions: Langston University and Wollo University, Dese, Ethiopia


Objective: Establish capabilities in the collection and processing of fresh semen and the storage and utilization of frozen semen.

 

Title: Enhanced Safety and Product Quality from On-Farm Thermization/Pasteurization of Goat Milk in the Middle East


Funding Source: United States - Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund


Period: 2010-2011


Institutions: Langston University; Al-Quds University, East Jerusalem, Palestine; Agricultural Research Organization, Bet Dagen, Israel; Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan


Objective: Develop specifications of an inexpensive thermization/pasteurization equipment system suitable for use on small goat farms in the Middle East, conduct preliminary evaluations of the prototype for possible refinement, and determine procedures for an associated MERC grant proposal to be developed.

 

Title: Effects of Nutritional Plane on the Maintenance Energy Requirement of Goats


Funding Source: United States - Egypt Joint Science and Technology Fund Program


Period: 2008-2010


Institutions: Langston University and Desert Research Center


Objective: 1) Determine how nutrient restriction impacts energy expenditure (EE) and the maintenance energy requirement (MEm) with common goat genotypes of Egypt and Oklahoma, 2) Determine how adequate nutrient intake following nutrient restriction affects EE and MEm with common goat genotypes of Egypt and Oklahoma, 3) Use data from specific objectives 1 and 2 to develop a method of predicting the impact of low nutritional planes on MEm

 

Title: The Grazing Activity Energy Cost of Goats


Funding Source: United States - Egypt Joint Science and Technology Fund Program


Period: 2007-2010


Institutions: Langston University and Desert Research Center


Objective: Determine the magnitude of the grazing activity energy cost of goats under different common production settings in an arid region of Egypt and in the south-central U.S.

 

Title: Ethiopia Sheep and Goat Productivity Improvement Program

Funding Source:USAID Ethiopia

Period: 2005-2010

Institutions: Langston University; Prairie View A & M University, Prairie View, TX; Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Government of Ethiopia

Objective: Increase the productivity of small ruminants in Ethiopia to improve food and economic securities. The three principal objectives of the program are: 1) Improve small ruminant production and marketing practices; 2) Determine the preferred means of utilization of indigenous sheep and goats in future production systems; and 3) Enhance the communication capacity at collaborating Ethiopian institutions to facilitate information exchange and accessibility, research collaborative capabilities, and distance education capabilities.

 

Title: Energy Expenditure for Activity in Free-Ranging Ruminants: A Nutritional Frontier

Funding Source: United States – Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund

Period: 2005-2008

Institutions: Langston University; Newe Ya’ar Research Center of the Agricultural Research Organization, Israel

Objective: Develop and evaluate a system(s) to predict the grazing activity energy cost of ruminants by determining effects of stocking rate (influencing available forage mass and forage quality) and animal production state and season (affecting energy demand) on energy expenditure, metabolizable energy intake, energy expended in grazing activity, grazing and walking times, horizontal and vertical distances traveled, and diet quality with grazing females of two breeds of cattle and goats.

 

Title: Effects of Acclimatization on Energy Requirements of Goats

Funding Source: U.S. – Egypt Joint Science and Technology Fund

Period: 2005–2007

Institutions: Langston University; Desert Research Center, Egypt

Objective: Develop a means of adjusting the maintenance energy requirement of goats for acclimatization

 

Title: International Collaboration in Goat Research and Production Web-Based Decision Support Aids

Funding Source: USDA International Science and Education Competitive Grants Program

Period: 2005-2008

Institutions: Langston University, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Northwest University of Agriculture and Forestry in China, Département des Sciences Animales of Institut National Agronomique in France, and University of Chapingo in Mexico

Objective: The goal of the project is to facilitate future collaborative research between the American Institute for Goat Research of Langston University and institutions in Arabic-, Chinese-, French-, and Spanish-speaking countries, as well as to gain knowledge of goat research and production practices in other areas of the world. Objectives are to translate and adapt two web-based goat production and research decision-support tools developed at the American Institute for Goat Research (goat nutrient requirements and feed intake; goat production system simulation model) for use and future collaborative research in the Middle East, China, France and other French-speaking countries, and Central and South America.

 

Title: Al-Sharaka, The Partnership.  Revitalizing the Higher Education System in Iraq

Funding Source: USAID

Period: 2003-2006

Institutions: University of Oklahoma; Oklahoma State University; Langston University; Cameron University; Al Anbar Universtiy, Ramadi City, Iraq; Babylon University, Hilla City, Iraq; Basrah University, Basrah, Iraq; Salahaddin University, Arbil, Iraq; and University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq.

Objective: Revitalize the higher education system in Iraq through training and assistance. Langston University's role is in updating the skills of Iraqi scientists in small ruminant production and provision of supplies and training to establish a ruminant nutrition laboratory at Salahaddin University.

 

Title: Mulitnational Approaches to Goat Production in the Middle East

Funding Source: USAID/Middle East Regional Cooperation Program

Period: 2000-2005

Institutions: Langston University; Desert Research Center and Animal Production Research Institute of Egypt; the Volcani Center of Israel, Al Quds University of the Palestinian Authority and Jordan University of Science and Technology

Objective: Revitalize and develop the Middle East goat industry via research and technology transfer to increase income and improve the standard of living. Specific goals of the grant include the characterization of current goat production systems, distribution of improved goat genotypes, development of new technologies for production of milk products, and the transfer of appropriate technologies to Middle Eastern households.

 

Title: Improving Ethiopian Household Food Security and Enhancing the Teaching, Research and Extension Ability of Awassa College of Agriculture, Debub University

Funding Source: United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation; USAID

Period: 2002-2005

Institutions: Langston University; Fort Valley State University; and Awassa College of Agriculture, Debub University, Awassa, Ethiopia

Objectives: Improve the teaching, research and extension capabilities of Awassa College of Agriculture with special emphasis on its newly-established graduate program. Specific areas of training include reproduction and parasitology. A development/extension project will target agricultural development through women's groups for goat production in the Awassa region.

 

Title: Improving Ethiopian Household Food Security and Enhancing the Teaching, Research and Extension Ability of Alemaya University, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Funding Source: Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development, Washington, DC; USAID

Period: 2002-2005

Institutions: Langston University; Oklahoma State University; Alemaya University, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Objectives: Improve the research, teaching and extension capabilities of Alemaya University with special emphasis on supporting the graduate program in animal science.

 

Title: Potential for Development of Goat and Cow Cheeses in China

Funding Source: USDA FAS

Period: 2002-2004

Institutions: Langston University, Northwest University of Agriculture & Forestry, Jiangxi Agricultural University, Zhejiang University, and China Agricultural University

Objectives: Help create dairy curricula for cheese manufacturing at Chinese universities; promote cheese production and consumption in China; and seek future long-term joint research projects between Langston University and Chinese Universities.

 

Title: Combating Micronutrient Malnutrition: Assessment of Constraints to Including Animal Source Foods in Children’s Diets in Rural Ethiopia and Kenya

Funding Source: Global Livestock Collaborative Research Support Program

Period: 2003-2004

Institutions: Oklahoma State University; UCLA; Langston University; Debub University, Ethiopia; and University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

Objective: Assess the constraints to inclusion of animal source foods in rural villages of Ethiopia and Kenya.

 

Title: Strengthening Collaboration between the E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research of Langston University and the USDA MAP Project in Armenia

Funding Source: USDA CSREES

Period: 2002-2003

Institutions: Langston University, USDA Marketing Assistance Project of Armenia

Objectives: Provide technical assistance through training of Armenian staff at Langston University and through Langston University personnel visiting the USDA MAP goat dairy facility and rural producers in Armenia. Areas in which assistance will be given include: general farm management, breeding, dairy products, nutrition, artificial insemination, herd health and extension/delivery systems.

 

Title: Enhanced Education and Computer Capabilities: The Foundation for Sustained Collaboration

Funding Source: Education for Development and Democracy Initiative; Associaton Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development, Washington, DC; USAID

Period: 2000-2002

Institutions: Langston University; Awassa College of Agriculture, Debub University Awassa, Ethiopia

Objective: Enhance the teaching and extension skills of Awassa College of Agriculture faculty; improve faculty skills to utilize existing computer faclities and provide training in computer use, networking and maintenance; and establish a small computer laboratory/network on the Debub University campus.

 

Title: Fostering Future Collaboration Between US Institutions and the Armenian Agricultural Academy Through Training and Information Exchange

Funding Source: USDA CSREES

Period: 2001

Institutions: Langston University, Armenian Agricultural Academy

Objectives: Provide training to faculty of the Armenian Agricultural Academy in small ruminant production with a concentration on dairy goats and cheese production. Provide technical expertise to the Armenian Improved Dairy Center in dairy goat including aspects of nutrition, management, and breeding.

 

Title: South African Boer Goat Research and Production Systems

Funding Source: USDA Scientific Cooperation Program

Period: 1999

Institutions: Langston University, Agricultural Research Council of South Africa

Objectives: Gain knowledge of the South African Boer goat industry and institutions conducting research on goat production in South Africa. Foster future collaboration between Langston University and institutes in South Africa.

 

Title: Anthelmintic Plants for Internal Parasite Control in Goats

Funding Source: USDA Scientific Cooperation Program

Period: 1999-2001

Institutions: Langston University; Awassa College of Agriculture, Debub University, Ethiopia

Objective: Research the efficacy in goats of medicinal plants used in Ethiopia to treat internal parasites.

 

Title: Enhancing Institutional Research and Extension Capabilities for Increased Food Security Through Improved Goat Production

Funding Source: United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation; Education for Development and Democracy Initiative; USAID

Period: 1999-2002

Institutions: Langston University; Alemaya University, Ethiopia

Objectives: Strengthen the ability of staff of Alemaya University to conduct teaching, research, and development through training, collaborative research, and a development program via women's groups for goat production established in area villages.

 

Title: An Institutional Partnership to Enhance Food Security and Income Generating Potential of Families in Southern Ethiopia Through Improved Goat Production and Extension

Funding Source: Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development, Washington, DC; USAID

Period: 1998-2001

Institutions: Langston University; Awassa College of Agriculture, Debub University, Ethiopia

Objectives: Upgrade the skills of Debub University faculty in research methodologies relating to small ruminant production. Establish a village development program where goats and production training were given to village women to enhance family nutritive status and family food security.