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Adaptation for Mali’s Pastoralists
A successful first phase
The STAMP (Sustainable Technology Adaptation for Mali’s Pastoralists) project, led by SNV – the Netherlands Development Organization, aims to improve the resilience of pastoralists to extreme weather events by facilitating their use of geo-satellite data and access to financing facilities.
The project initiated the development of the GARBAL information service, now accessible from simple telephones, to help pastoralists decide on the movements of their herds in search of water and pasture. The experimental phase of the project (2015-2018), funded by the Netherlands Space Agency (NSO), demonstrated the existence of a market linking new technologies and pastoral communities in the Gao and Ménaka regions. Rich in experiences and lessons learned, this phase demonstrated the usefulness of deploying such a service, especially in light of the growing number of users.
On this basis, and given the extent of the needs to be met in order to improve the conditions of livestock production in pastoral areas, a second phase of the project, financed over three years by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, will extend the geographical coverage of the service to the regions of Kidal, Timbuktu, and Mopti. In addition, the information content offered by the service will be extended to include advice on animal health and an application will be developed to facilitate financial access to inputs for livestock farmers.