STAMP+: Building on success


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The STAMP (Sustainable Technology Adaptation for Mali's Pastoralists) project improves resilience among pastoralists affected by extreme climate events through access and use of geo-satellite derived data via the development of a dedicated information service.

The successful first phase of STAMP (2015-2018), funded by the Netherlands Space Agency (NSO), reached more than 55,000 users. Now the project has entered a three year (2019 - 2021) extension supported by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Commercially launched in November 2017, the Garbal information  service is tailor-made to pastoralists’ information and decision making needs, giving them more predictability for their migration. By contacting the service (at 37 333) or sending a USSD request (#222#), users can access reliable information on:

  1. biomass availability,
  2. biomass quality,
  3. surface water availability, herd concentration and
  4. market prices for livestock and staple grains along the different transhumance routes.

Since its launch, Garbal service has recorded 1,307 calls and 84,816 USSD requests from 55,821 users, which demonstrates the interest for the service. The Garbal service was presented at the 2018 World Water Week, held in Stockholm to highlight its technology for surface water detection in arid environments. Moreover, it has been recognised as an innovation that has created a business model. For this the project received the 1st prize in the Orange National Social Venture Prize in 2017. Acknowledged as an innovation in the fight against climate change, it has also been referenced by the United Nations Environment Program, which is the world's frontline agency against climate change.

STAMP+: growing the impact of the GARBAL service

During the project extension, the project's geographical coverage will be extended to the Kidal, Mopti and Timbuktu regions in addition to Gao and Menaka. The GARBAL service will expand its informational offering. From 2019, pastoralists will also benefit from Garbal's pastoral farming advice, on topics such as animal health and financial products adapted to the needs of pastoralists, facilitating their access to inputs.

The extension is implemented through a public-private partnership, with a funding about €3.3 million allocated by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, involves several stakeholders including Orange Mali which manages and commercially operates the call center and the USSD requests. Satellite data are processed and stored by Hoefsloot Spatial Solution. TASSAGHT, a local NGO supervises the collection and distribution along the information chain of the field data, in collaboration with pastoralists themselves, particularly on biomass quality, herd concentration and market prices. The Malian Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries and its departments support the service promotion in the field, share and validate the disseminated information, particularly as regards the updating of legislation and regulations related to production, animal industries and pastoral development, animal and veterinary health. The project is also supported by the Malian Ministry of Digital Economy and Communication, which is involved in the governance of the service. Finally, SNV, which conceived the service, coordinates the project and ensures that it best matches the needs, realities and aspirations of pastoralists.

On completion, the expected project results for 45,000 additional pastoralists in  Gao, Menaka, Kidal, Mopti & Timbuktu regions are the following:

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

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