LINKS built LMIS in 3 countries which allows users to examine regional trade. For example, the databases can be used to look at cross-border trade and price and volume differences between countries.
Point out that visual appearance of fat on ribs and hips, bones projecting influence decisions on what grade. Fatter tend to bring more money in the market, therefore we want to capture the price differentials between grades, because this offers opportunities to take advantage of these differences by fattening animals for profit or producing a better grade of animal
Sending data requires information on date, market, volume by type and breed, and then price information on the different classes Requesting requires a simple request for a market. All data can be transferred with SMS
Important that training be conducted on how to access the data and how to use it in decision making. SMS, radio, internet can be demonstrated at things like field days, workshops, training.
Ethiopian Livestock Market Information System Sintayehu Alemayehu ICT4RD Conference 1-3, November 2011 Johannesburg, South Africa
Lack of a system for collecting, analysis, storage and dissemination of market information
Livestock Information Network and Knowledge System (LINKS) designed simple, workable, evidence-based systems for data collection and analysis and user friendly information delivery system in East Africa
LINKS system incorporate LEWS system and market information system for improved marketing of livestock and early warning.
LINKS market information system is adopted as a unified national market information system by federal Ministry of Agriculture
Provide near real-time livestock price and volume information to stakeholders to facilitate marketing decisions and early warning
Regional Livestock Markets Data collection currently in 32 Markets in Kenya 42 Markets in Ethiopia 40 Markets in Tanzania
LMIS Architecture Country LMIS Data Ethiopia Main Server (ILRI) Internet Computer ( Web / Email ) Cell Cell Smart phone Smart phone Information Delivery Data Collection Country Analysis and Reporting Country Data Ethiopia Mirror Server (MoARD) Computer ( Web / Email )