The Ethiopian National Livestock Market Information System (NLMIS) was designed to improve access to market information by providing simple access to timely market information.

By Mikhael Tekalign, on LinkedIn |

Information Communication Technology, ICT, is playing a vital role in improving capacities for the growth of the livestock sector in Ethiopia. As part of its commitments to support partner government institutions and private livestock businesses to increase their capacity to provide value chain development assistance, my project USAID’s funded AGP-Livestock Value Chain implemented by CNFA, in collaboration with another USAID funded project, PRIME and the Federal Ministry of Trade, initiated a years long activity to implement the Ethiopian National Livestock Market Information System, primarily operated by the ministry.

Changing climate, global pressures on local economies, and land degradation are challenges facing livestock producers in Ethiopia. These and other market challenges require innovative ways of providing information for decision-making as well as for the development of adaptive management strategies for maintaining, improving livelihoods and improving the productiveness and competitiveness of Ethiopian livestock industry in this challenging environment. Information on price differentials across markets had generally not been available, and when it has, it’s generally not timely for risk management decision-making or for business decision-making.

The Ethiopian National Livestock Market Information System (NLMIS) was designed to improve access to market information by providing simple access to timely market information. NLMIS, is a real-time platform that helps the Federal Ministry of Trade to collect livestock market prices and volume data for a variety of animal species from identified 47 potential livestock markets across the 6 regions and 2 administrative cities in the country. Well trained field level market price collectors uses mobile phones and data coding system as a tool to collect price and volume data on weekly basis and convey a consolidated information to the NLMIS server in Addis Ababa. Hence, trained livestock marketing professionals at the live animal directorate within the ministry are enabled to analyze incoming data and validates the information.

The information is then available to all interested parties mainly to livestock producers, traders and exporters via SMS querying the server or through the internet portal (http://www.lmiset.net).

The two USAID funded projects, AGP-Livestock Market Development and PRIME , provided continuous capacity building training, technical and financial supports to the ministry and other stakeholders.

Source: LinkedIn
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