Faculty Advisor

Dempski, Robert E.

Faculty Advisor

Hersh, Robert

Project Center



Living in one of the poorest counties, goat farmers in the rural Has region of northeastern Albania and the Rural Association Support Programme aim to encourage economic development through commercializing underutilized traditional products. Key informant interviews and process observations captured the regional tradition of dried goat meat, Hasi “Mish i Thatë.” Systematic documentation and process analysis compared to industry standards led to identification of areas for quality control, hygiene, and traceability improvements. Calculations indicate that Hasi “Mish i Thatë” can result in a 140% increase in profit per goat. Further examination of product development led to suggested methods of promotion and distribution necessary to attain certification and sustained commercial success.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs