Third IAALD Africa Chapter Conferencee-Agriculture for Improved Livelihoods and Food Security in AfricaJohannesburg, South Africa 21-23 May 2012 LINKING MINI, SMALL AND MEDIUM FOREST ENTREPRISES TO MARKETS AND SERVICE SCASE OF TREE AID’S MARKET INFORMATION SYSTEM IN TOMINIAN NORTHERN RÉGION OF MALI By Yacouba O., Julia Paulson, Tony Hill , Barthelemie K. Elvis Paul Nfor Tangem, Value Chains Development Manager, TREE AID West Africa firstname.lastname@example.org
BACKGROUND The ability to connect translate intoICT is maki ng is an ex citing exam enhanced businesses, increased ples we have o f the trans formationa income, improved livelihood and l benefits of Technolog better society ical developme nt. Great o pportuniti es for improv es co mmu nication,informatio n-sharing a nd learnin g.
BACKGROUND CONT’DThe NTFPs Sector• More than A billion depends SMFE Sector Sector on it In Africa more than 400 • Generally neglected by BD and FI & million employed & fed State .• Agriculture fails, climate • Cut off from mainstream businesses change and conflicts prevents and isolated activities, • Mostly the must vulnerable men and• NTFPs fast becoming Main Women source of income and • Very profitable and emerging sector
BACKGROUND……….Here when agriculture fails, rains refuse to fall, animals die, our husbandsleave and I and my children are left to die, what never fails us is the Shea tree, Dawadawa, Balanites, Baobab , my children and I use them for food, make money, medicine and energy , it is our survival magic……………. Mme Colette Thiombiano pers. Com. 2010
TREE AID Marrying sustainable NRM & VCD in Africa’s Dry ForestAFRICA’s Drylands FOREST RESOURCE VCDClimate , climate change • BDS & VC Financing , desert, conflicts , land • Market linkages graps LULUC • NA Product development TUR AL • Research & Climate chan R.M TREE FOR Food Security ge • T4C . •Promote NTFPs value Par chains for nutrition • tici p ato •Sensitisation and Su p ry N por RM t to P education• olic Lan y d &D reg ry f e o res ner t atio n
MIS TominianObjective:Use the opportunities from Development in ICT with ‘Traditional’ technology and habits to improve Forest Products Value Chains in Mali.• Use the ICT tools to link Supply to Demand• Reduce the isolation of the SMFE & provide timely appropriate info.• Reduce the influence of ‘Middlemen’ and give Actors choices.• Improve the image of the NTFPs sector in general• Increase the market choices of SMFE• Improve profits and thus safe guarding the resources
Method & Tools• TREE AID , SAHEL & Members of Beneficiaries communities agreed on the use of SIM.• Various ICT tools and others analysed and selected.• Communities and Products analysed and selected• Selection and Trainings were of Media, ‘Enqueteurs’ and Focal persons• Participatory development of MIS model, accepted and tested• Tools for data collection and analysis developped• Appropriate trainings on the Use of MIS undertaken• Communities sensitized through local FMS
APPROACHThe MIS consist of• Information and Communication Technology (Internet and mobile phones)• Traditional communication approaches (FM radio and News papers) and• Indigenous system (ear to mouth) and Market Masters• Enumerators or Data Collectors.
APPROACH CONT’D • Four FMs stations, ( ORTM Mopti, ORTM Ségou, Radio San and Jamina Koutiala • 12 community ‘Enqueteurs’ a weekly news paper selected and trained. • 22 communities in Tominian district where to be directly covered • Six major Products ( Shea nut, Shea butter lucost bean, Tamarind, Roniere, Honey) to be targeted
RESULT TOMINIAN SIM Model Producteur (zone DemandeProduction) (Marché PFNL) Point Focal (supply) Point focale Central SAHEL ECO Médias (Presse audio et écrites
Market IMPACT ing valu e Im mediat e increa se in deman d Product value Pre vailing Socio cultu market prices ral Feedback from Consumers Inc rease in Impro and responses by Producers prices ved househ old De income. velopm Improved product quality & ent of M arket Niches More and div recognition Packaging. ersifica of tion I nc SMFEs rease C More value addition and lientele and choices More state intere processing & packaging st Sh a rp drop More More innovation in Midd attention b lemen y BDS & ship FI
Tables showing evolution in market prices and quantities six months to the SIM Produits unité quantity PU Montant 6Shea nuts kg 1 605 500 422 250 1 1 000Shea butter kg 1 060 000 060Néré Grains kg 302 500 550 550 1 750Honey Litre 1 645 000 940TOTAL business turn over 4 613 000Source: Sahel Eco SIM Report Second qter 2010
Table showing same market same period and product prior to SIM
CHALLENGES & RECOMMENDATION Conclusion: The combination of Challenges Modern ICT and more• Doesnt come cheap traditional forms of• communication, recognising Time consuming the local realities are very• Infrastructures effective MIS tools. ICT is an• Limited Network & effective tool for Electricity coverage disenclavement , sensitisation• Minimum literacy and education can be more requirements effective with appropriate infrastructure and state• Sustainability
Lesson learnt and Recommandation Lesson learnt Recommendation d• Modest investment and • The resources available an appropriate use of ICT is a very duration of such projects effective market info tool. should be made clear to Beneficiaries• For effectiveness , involve the the Beneficiary. • Make it simple , focus on logy.• objective not the techno Appropriate , simple info is very effective empowerment tool •
Acknowledgement Gratit udes t o, IAALD CTA ITOCA S AHE L CO M ALICIFOR