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Improving livestock market information flow and early warning systems for pastoral communities using ICT

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Presentation by Sintayehu Alemayehu, Markets ICT & Early Warning System Advisor, MercyCorps …

Presentation by Sintayehu Alemayehu, Markets ICT & Early Warning System Advisor, MercyCorps
Session: Driving Livestock Development with ICTs
on 6 Nov 2013
ICT4Ag, Kigali, Rwanda

Published in: Technology, Business

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  • 1. Improving livestock market information flow and early warning systems for pastoral communities using ICT By: Sintayehu Alemayehu ICT4Ag Conference November 2013 Kigali, Rwanda
  • 2. Context Context • Lack of a systems for collection, analysis, storage and dissemination of market information • Livestock Information Network and Knowledge System (LINKS) designed a simple, workable, evidence-based systems for data collection and analysis and user friendly information delivery system in East Africa • LINKS system incorporated LEWS system and market information system for improved marketing of livestock and early warning of changing livestock forage conditions. • LINKS market information system is adopted as a unified national market information system by federal Ministry of Agriculture
  • 3. Why are Livestock Information Systems Needed? Rationale • Pastoralists need near real-time information for risk management decision making • New communication and information technologies can improve information delivery – Cell phones – Internet
  • 4. Traditional Data Streams Traditional methods of information delivery – – – – Word of mouth Government Extension officers Village elders • While these are still important, many times they are not very efficient
  • 5. Objective of NLMIS NLMIS • Provide near real-time livestock price and volume information to stakeholders to facilitate marketing decisions and early warning – Pastoralists/livestock producers – Traders – Government – non-government organizations
  • 6. Regional Livestock Markets Data collection currently in 32 Markets in Kenya 42 Markets in Ethiopia 40 Markets in Tanzania
  • 7. NLMIS Architecture Internet NLMIS Architecture Country Data Ethiopia Mirror Server (MoARD) Computer ( Web / Email ) Country Analysis Country LMIS Data and Reporting Ethiopia Main Server (ILRI) Smart phone Cell Cell Smart phone Computer ( Web / Email Data Collection Information Delivery )
  • 8. NLMIS Methodology Methodology • Use of cell phones to send data from markets to make information more timely • Use of a central server for access of data via cell phone SMS, internet, and other methods – Allows access by all stakeholders – Provides transparency in the marketplace • Training of market monitors and stakeholders in use of the system
  • 9. Coding for Data Transfer Animal Type Animal Grade
  • 10. Coding and Sending/Requesting Data Send SENDING DATA REQUESTING DATA Request
  • 11. Training and Dissemination Field day in local market Female (in black) practices using SMS Demonstrating use of cell phone to request data
  • 12. LMIS Entry Portal http://www.lmiset.net
  • 13. LMIS Reporting System
  • 14. Information Dissemination ■ Television Broadcast ■ SMS ■ Radios ■ Market Boards via Community Information Centers ■ Bulletins ■ Via e-mail to subscribers
  • 15. Key messages Message • NLMIS market information system automates collecting, analysis, storage and dissemination of livestock price and volume market information • It provides complete price and volume data based on animal type, breed, age class, gender and grade • It integrates market information with livestock early warning system and expandable system to other commodities
  • 16. Livestock Water Monitoring
  • 17. Livestock Water Monitoring
  • 18. Waterhole Monitoring System Advantages Water monitoring tool: • Perfect tool to monitor changes in waterholes water levels on daily basis. • Consistency in production of waterholes water levels • Seasonal trends & anomalies are useful for decision makers • Applicable for local and regional water resources monitoring • A potential to contribute to national water resources monitoring capability
  • 19. Waterhole Monitoring System: Advantages Early warning tool: • Provides early warning on the conditions of waterholes in the region. • Provides early warning for potential herd migration in search of water resources. • Provides early warning for the potential herd loss due to drought.
  • 20. Waterhole Monitoring System: Advantages Resource management tool for pastoral areas: – Helps to plan migratory movement based on availability of water and pasture. – Helps in resolution of conflicts between tribes over issues pertaining to water resources. – Helps in conducting feasibility studies for new waterhole locations. Data on Web – Easy access waterhole water level information through World Wide Web http://watermon.tamu.edu/
  • 21. Thank You

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