Satellites, pastoralism and climate change (STAMP)

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The STAMP project improves resilience amongst pastoralists farmers affected by climatic events by establishing a market-based service that provides them with up-to-date information based on geo-satellite data. The project is funded by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) through the “Geodata for Agriculture and Water” facility.

Commercially launched in November 2017, the Garbal service provides service tailor-made to pastoralists’ decision making needs, giving them more predictability for their herd migration. Garbal offers allows users to access the reliable information on (i) biomass availability, (ii) biomass quality, (iii) surface water availability, herd concentration and (v) market prices for livestock and staple grains along the different transhumance routes.

Pastoralists can access Garbal through a call to a center that is managed by Orange Mali or from an Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) menu for livestock and cereal prices, which are both accessible with a simple mobile phone. Three months after its start, the service recorded 1,121 calls and 32,820 USSD requests, which proves its active use. This innovative service was awarded with the 1st national prize of Orange Social Entrepreneur Contest in 2017.

The project is implemented under a public-private partnership. Thereby, 70% of the funding is provided by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO). The remaining funding is covered by partners including Orange Mali, who exploits the call center commercially. The satellite data are processed and stored by Hoefsloot Spatial Solutions (HSS), with additional satellite data and algorithms provided by Action Against Hunger.

The Malian Institute for Rural Economy (IER) provides technical backstopping to Garbal call center’s operators within the framework of its already existing collaboration with Orange Mali. Tassaght local NGO in Gao and Menaka regions, organizes data collection in the field, together with pastoralists themselves, especially on biomass quality, herd concentration and market prices.  SNV handles the project coordination and, ensures that the information format matches perfectly with the pastoralists’ realities, needs and aspirations. Finally, on monitoring and evaluation, SNV benefits from the technical assistance of Project Concern International (PCI), which introduced the use of geo-satellite maps as a decision support tool for the mobility of pastoral communities in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya.

For 2018, the expected project results for 60,000 pastoralists in the Gao & Menaka regions are:

  1. Livestock mortality reduced by 15%;
  2. livestock productivity improved by 10%;
  3. income from livestock increased by 10%.

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