Logo

IOM launches Transhumance Monitoring Tool

The International Organization for Migration has launched a Transhumance Monitoring Tool, which allows them to collect information about population movements across a large area, its direction and the challenges faced by the nomadic farmers who relocate to different regions in a year, for work and sustenance

mauritaniaBorder closures have deeply impacted the livelihood of nomad farmers in Sahel, who keep shifting bases with seasons. (Image source: IOM/C. Ly)

Every year, thousands of herders living in Africa’s arid Sahelian region, cross over to Mauritania or Mali during the lean season, seeking greener pastures for their livestock.

"During this period, there is plenty of green grass on the Malian side. Mauritanian herders used to go there, but the closing of the borders has disrupted the flow. The Mauritanian government offers feed to livestock farmers, but it is not enough,” said Babiyé Ould Balemine, who participated in the IOM survey.

“This year, due to the COVID-19 afflicted border closures, decreed by Western and Central African governments, herders and cattle are stranded in the border areas between Mauritania and Mali, without any resources to feed their livestock. Since they are no longer able to travel to Mali, they are stranded and deprived. A large concentration of herders and their herds have been reported in the commune of Adel Bagrou, on the border with Mali,” revealed Aliou Hamadi Kane, coordinator of the Groupement National des Associations Pastorales (GNAP), a Mauritanian herders association.

“The presence of thousands of herders along the small border areas has led to the mixing of livestock and creating tensions between them, especially at water points,” he added. The impact of this situation on livelihoods and cattle health is considerable.

These tensions are compounded by health risks which COVID-19 poses. “Many Malian and Mauritanian herders do not distinguish the territories on which their cattle graze. These are roads people have travelled for years and years,” Babiye explains.

The IOM and Groupement National des Associations Pastorales (GNAP), whose teams have been working on understanding the transhumance corridors in Africa, since February 2019, conducted a flow monitoring survey, between May and June 2020, where 16 per cent of herders were unaware of any of the COVID-19’s preventive measures. As a remedy, IOM launched an awareness campaign to combat the spread, and installed hand-washing facilities in the areas where the stranded herders are living. Their campaign reached more than 1,200 people in the region.

The IOM project was funded by the Government of Japan and the European Union, through the EU-IOM joint initiative, for Migrant Protection and Reintegration and Strengthening Border Management in Mauritania.


LATEST NEWS IN Agriculture

African food imports bill predicted to double by 2030

African food imports bill predicted to d…

Experts have warned that the cost of Africa’s yearly food imports could increase from US$50bn to US$110bn by 2030 if immediate measures aren’t taken to increase food production

Wildlife and forestry sector in the spotlight

Wildlife and forestry sector in the spot…

On August 22, the 23rd session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission, hosted by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo opened in Kinshasa, putting the future...

Boosting investment for Africa-made cotton

Boosting investment for Africa-made cott…

At a partner’s conference on cotton, jointly organised with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), donors were urged to mobilise resources for new partnerships.   

Nature-based solutions help farmers in Ghana

Nature-based solutions help farmers in G…

Organic pesticides, waste-based fertilisers and forest regeneration are just a few of the green initiatives being employed in Ghana to boost farming communities’ resilience to the impacts of climate...

Boosting soil nutrient mapping in sub-Saharan Africa

Boosting soil nutrient mapping in sub-Sa…

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is set to fast track an impact-oriented project in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America for digital soil nutrient mapping, after...

Gambia-Korea partnership seeks to double rice production to curb food insecurity

Gambia-Korea partnership seeks to double…

President Adama Barrow has received a delegation led by the Korean Ambassador to The Gambia, HE Kim Ji-Joon, at the State House in Banjul to announce the delivery of sample rice...

Prev Next

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES - Agriculture

How open data play a role in agriculture

How open data play a role in agriculture

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of zero hunger and increase food security by 2030, governments and multilateral agencies are looking to open data to boost agriculture and farming

Nigerian firm invests US$13.4mn in rice production

Nigerian firm invests US$13.4mn in rice …

A Nigerian company has pledged to invest around US$13.4mn in cultivating around 25,000ha of land at Akotogbo in Ondo state with a promise to create 2,500 jobs

Biomin mycotoxin survey indicates higher mycotoxin risks in corn and feed in 2017

Biomin mycotoxin survey indicates higher…

Mycotoxin-related threats to livestock production have risen in most regions of the world over the first quarter of 2017

Adesina urges America to support African agriculture as a business

Adesina urges America to support African…

The president of the African Development Bank Dr Akinwumi Adesina has urged that global investment is needed to unlock Africa’s agriculture potential

AfDB unveils strategy roadmap to safeguard food security against COVID-19 impacts

AfDB unveils strategy roadmap to safegua…

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has unveiled a strategic roadmap of projects and programmes to assist African countries in tackling the nutrition and food security aspects of the COVID-19 crisis...

IFAD launches US$67.43mn investment programme for small-scale farmers in Zimbabwe

IFAD launches US$67.43mn investment prog…

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced support for a new US$67.43mn investment programme that aims to increase rural incomes for 78,000 vulnerable rural households in Zimbabwe by sustainably...

Coffee prices go up in Tanzania

Coffee prices go up in Tanzania

The Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) has announced that the price of a 50kg bag of clean coffee has climbed from US$125 to US$240

ILRI researchers urge farmers to use zero grazing system

ILRI researchers urge farmers to use zer…

African livestock farmers have been advised to turn to zero grazing system to reduce the incidences of tick borne diseases

Protecting South African wheat with herbicide

Protecting South African wheat with herb…

Corteva Agriscience has brought its latest crop protection solution, Aubaine 518 SC herbicide, to South African wheat farmers

Dangote to launch rice outgrower scheme in Nigeria

Dangote to launch rice outgrower scheme …

Dangote Rice, a subsidiary of Dangote Group, is set to launch 25,000 ha of rice outgrower scheme in Sokoto with a prospect of hundreds of thousands of employment opportunities for...

New training app to support Tanzanian sesame farmers

New training app to support Tanzanian se…

International charity Farm Africa in collaboration with local partners Inades-Formation and Community Support Initiatives Tanzania (COSITA) has launched a programme to train sesame farmers in Tanzania to use smartphones loaded...

Kenyan goverment reduces fertiliser prices

Kenyan goverment reduces fertiliser pric…

The Kenyan government has reduced the prices of fertiliser by 25 per cent to increase usage as the planting season approaches

Prev Next

Template Design © Joomla Templates | GavickPro. All rights reserved.