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  • 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.
  • Texas A&M System Presentation

    1. 1. Ethiopian Livestock Market Information System Sintayehu Alemayehu ICT4RD Conference 1-3, November 2011 Johannesburg, South Africa
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Ethiopia Has </li></ul><ul><ul><li>52 million cattle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>63 million shoats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 million camel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How ever the livestock is traditionally managed not led by market and the sector is with complicated problems which leads to getting very limited benefits by all the actors </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Context <ul><li>Lack of a system for collecting, analysis, storage and dissemination of market information </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>LINKS system incorporate LEWS system and market information system for improved marketing of livestock and early warning. </li></ul><ul><li>LINKS market information system is adopted as a unified national market information system by federal Ministry of Agriculture </li></ul>
    4. 4. Objective of LINKS Project <ul><li>Provide near real-time livestock price and volume information to stakeholders to facilitate marketing decisions and early warning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pastoralists/livestock producers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>traders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>non-government organizations </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Regional Livestock Markets Data collection currently in 32 Markets in Kenya 42 Markets in Ethiopia 40 Markets in Tanzania
    6. 6. 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 )
    7. 7. Methodology for LMIS Data Collection <ul><li>Train Market Monitors and Supervisors </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry identifies monitors and partners - 2 monitors for each market </li></ul><ul><li>Supervisors provide initial data quality checks </li></ul><ul><li>Monitors trained on data collection formats and classification system (species, breed, age, gender, grades 1 -4) </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance on ways of approaching respondents </li></ul>
    8. 8. Methodology … <ul><li>Recording prices and volume (cont.) </li></ul><ul><li>All the 5 records be animals in the same species, breed, age class, gender and grade ( e.g. cattle, boran, mature, male, grade 2) </li></ul><ul><li>Record the price of each animal on the data sheet </li></ul><ul><li>Calculate and enter average for the 5 entries </li></ul><ul><li>Data transferred to server via SMS </li></ul>
    9. 9. Market Data Collection Protocol <ul><li>Type of data collected- Price and Volume </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency of data collection - weekly </li></ul><ul><li>Classifications of animals for price data: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Animal Type </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Breed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animal Age Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sex </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animal Body condition/ Grade </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A coding scheme is used to send data via SMS </li></ul>
    10. 10. Coding for Data Transfer Animal Type Animal Grade Animal kind Code Cattle C Sheep S Goat G Camel CA Donkey D Mule M Horse H Fat 1 Moderate 2 Thin 3 Emaciated 4
    11. 11. Grading Scheme for Cattle Grade 1 = Fat Grade 2 = Moderate
    12. 12. Grade 3 = Thin Grade 4 = Emaciated Grading Scheme for Cattle
    14. 14. SENDING DATA REQUESTING DATA Coding and Sending/Requesting Data Request Send
    15. 15. Training and Dissemination Field day in local market Demonstrating use of cell phone to request data Female (in black) practices using SMS
    16. 16. LMIS Entry Portal http://www.lmiset.net
    17. 17. LMIS Reporting System QUERY TOOL
    18. 18. LMIS Demo <ul><li>http://www.lmiset.net </li></ul>
    19. 19. Information Dissemination <ul><li>Television Broadcast </li></ul><ul><li>SMS </li></ul><ul><li>Radios </li></ul><ul><li>Market Boards via Community Information Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletins </li></ul><ul><li>Via e-mail to subscribers </li></ul>
    20. 20. Institutionalization <ul><li>LINKS has developed a livestock marketing information system acceptable to a wide array of partners at the country and regional levels </li></ul><ul><li>LINKS  NLMIS transformation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ministry of Agriculture housed the system </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Achievements <ul><li>Speedy server deployed at Ministry’s headquarter </li></ul><ul><li>LMIS web portal/gateway for Ethiopia is currently hosted by MOARD </li></ul><ul><li>A steady flow of timely, regular and reliable livestock market information </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry personnel are successfully processing price and sales volume data from the database and disseminating market information </li></ul><ul><li>LMIS used as benchmark to begin AMIS for crops in the country </li></ul><ul><li>Banks, private traders and government using the data </li></ul><ul><li>Quality data available for research and policy analysis </li></ul>
    22. 22. Key messages <ul><li>LINKS market information system automates collecting, analysis, storage and dissemination of livestock price and volume market information </li></ul><ul><li>It provides complete price and volume data based on animal type, breed, age class, gender and grade </li></ul><ul><li>It integrates market information with livestock early warning system and expandable system to other commodities </li></ul>
    23. 23. Thank You