The “Developing Institutions and Capacity for Sheep and Fiber Marketing in Central Asia” (WOOL) project has been carrying out a range of activities on wool and cashmere production, processing, and marketing in both Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The project began in 2003 following the end of three small grants in the same region that were funded by the Global Livestock Collaborative Research Support Program (GL-CRSP) during 2002-3. According to the GL-CRSP procedures, the project is eligible for review in its second or third year of operation, and depending on the results of the review, is either given the opportunity to submit a proposal for an additional two years of funding, often with modifications, or it is closed at the end of its original three-year grant period.

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