A small herd of Italian goats have been imported to Afghanistan in a bid to improve the quality of Afghan cashmere. Afghanistan is a large exporter of cashmere fibre. However, the quality of the fibre is not as good as that of the main suppliers - Mongolia and China. The project, funded by the US Department of Defense, is aimed at raising the ranks of Afghan cashmere globally. Watch a video on this topic on a farm near Herat by NATO TV published June 5, 2014 entitled Upgrading Afghansitan's Cashmere.