We encourage you to republish this article online and in print, it’s free under our creative commons attribution license, but please follow some simple guidelines:
  1. You have to credit our authors.
  2. You have to credit SciDev.Net — where possible include our logo with a link back to the original article.
  3. You can simply run the first few lines of the article and then add: “Read the full article on SciDev.Net” containing a link back to the original article.
  4. If you want to also take images published in this story you will need to confirm with the original source if you're licensed to use them.
  5. The easiest way to get the article on your site is to embed the code below.
For more information view our media page and republishing guidelines.

The full article is available here as HTML.

Press Ctrl-C to copy

Seasonal movements of herds to find new pastures and water holes are essential to national economies in the Sahel region of Africa. However, these migrations also cause problems for the environment, promote risks of animal diseases and can cause conflict between fixed and nomadic populations.

Coumba Sylla describes an initiative of the International Veterinary Science and Medicine School of Dakar, Senegal, to help solve some of these problems using information and communication technologies (ICTs). Instead of relying on conversations at weekly markets, the pastoralists are able to track the movement of herds and obtain information on the state of different pastures using mobile phones, the Internet and global positioning system devices, which use prepare maps based on satellite data.

The project is still at a pilot stage, and problems — primarily illiteracy and technical hitches — are being encountered and addressed. The organisers point out that the purpose for now is to demonstrate to decision-makers and the population that ICTs can be used to improve living and working conditions for pastoralists.

Link to full article on Science in Africa

Related topics