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Improving livestock market
information flow and early
warning systems for pastoral
communities using ICT
By: Sintayehu Ale...
Context
Context
•

Lack of a systems for collection, analysis, storage and
dissemination of market information

•

Livesto...
Why are Livestock Information Systems Needed?

Rationale

• Pastoralists need near real-time
information for risk manageme...
Traditional Data Streams

Traditional methods of information
delivery
–
–
–
–

Word of mouth
Government
Extension officers...
Objective of NLMIS

NLMIS
•

Provide near real-time livestock price and volume
information to stakeholders to facilitate m...
Regional Livestock Markets

Data collection
currently in

32 Markets in
Kenya

42 Markets in
Ethiopia
40 Markets in
Tanzan...
NLMIS Architecture

Internet

NLMIS Architecture

Country
Data

Ethiopia
Mirror
Server
(MoARD)

Computer
( Web / Email )

...
NLMIS Methodology

Methodology
• Use of cell phones to send data from
markets to make information more timely
• Use of a c...
Coding for Data Transfer

Animal Type

Animal Grade
Coding and Sending/Requesting Data
Send

SENDING DATA

REQUESTING DATA

Request
Training and Dissemination
Field day in local market
Female (in black) practices using SMS

Demonstrating use of cell phon...
LMIS Entry Portal

http://www.lmiset.net
LMIS Reporting System
Information Dissemination

■

Television Broadcast

■

SMS

■

Radios

■

Market Boards via Community Information

Centers...
Key messages

Message
• NLMIS market information system
automates collecting, analysis, storage and
dissemination of lives...
Livestock Water Monitoring
Livestock Water Monitoring
Waterhole Monitoring System

Advantages
Water monitoring tool:
• Perfect tool to monitor changes in
waterholes water level...
Waterhole Monitoring System:

Advantages

Early warning tool:
• Provides early warning on the
conditions of waterholes in ...
Waterhole Monitoring System:

Advantages
Resource management tool for pastoral areas:
– Helps to plan migratory movement b...
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Presentation by Sintayehu Alemayehu, Markets ICT & Early Warning System Advisor, MercyCorps
Session: Driving Livestock Development with ICTs
on 6 Nov 2013
ICT4Ag, Kigali, Rwanda

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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 6. Regional Livestock Markets Data collection currently in 32 Markets in Kenya 42 Markets in Ethiopia 40 Markets in Tanzania
  7. 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. 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. 9. Coding for Data Transfer Animal Type Animal Grade
  10. 10. Coding and Sending/Requesting Data Send SENDING DATA REQUESTING DATA Request
  11. 11. Training and Dissemination Field day in local market Female (in black) practices using SMS Demonstrating use of cell phone to request data
  12. 12. LMIS Entry Portal http://www.lmiset.net
  13. 13. LMIS Reporting System
  14. 14. Information Dissemination ■ Television Broadcast ■ SMS ■ Radios ■ Market Boards via Community Information Centers ■ Bulletins ■ Via e-mail to subscribers
  15. 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. 16. Livestock Water Monitoring
  17. 17. Livestock Water Monitoring
  18. 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. 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. 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. 21. Thank You
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