Afriscout Mobile App For Monitoring Availability Of Water And Pasture By Pastoralists
The Afriscout App which was launched in February 2018 in Kajiado County provides pastoralists with satellite-powered maps that show the density of vegetation and availability of water in their grazing fields. The technology uses community defined, custom grazing maps overlaid with satellite vegetation data that is continuously updated and accessed via mobile phone.
Afriscout mobile App was piloted in three countries; Kenya, Ethiopia, and Tanzania and the maps have proven to be highly useful for pastoralists reducing mortality for herds by half, saving time in search of pasture, as well as improving collective pasture management.
The Mobile App will help pastoralists make better decisions on where to take their livestock to graze. The value of this innovation is derived not simply from technology, but from working with local pastoralists to fuse indigenous knowledge with technology to create better and more effective decisions when migrating their livestock, in search of greener pastures.
The technology is replicable in all the ASAL areas that practice pastoralism.