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The STAMP+ (Sustainable Technology Adaptation for Mali's Pastoralists) project aims to increase the resilience of pastoral and agro-pastoral households in Mali by generating economic (productivity gains, income) and social benefits (including avoided costs) by providing them with innovative services using a digital solution. The first phase of the project (2015-2018), started with support from the Netherlands Space Office (NSO), focused on experimentation and product development. The current phase (2019 – 2024), supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is focused on scaling the developed services.

In Mali, agriculture and livestock are the backbone of people's livelihoods. However, the consequences of climate change and increased insecurity are affecting the pastoralists’ mobility. Their traditional ways of scouting for natural resources, to decide on transhumance routes have become uncertain, costly, and risky. Sedentary agricultural activities are also affected by the increasing climatic variability, fluctuating market prices and the state's low coverage network level.

The GARBAL digital service, which was developed during the project’s first phase is a decision-support service for pastoralists, agro-pastoralists and farmers. It provides them with information to increase the predictability and reliability and offers instant access to information on various variables, based on geo-satellite data and data collected on the ground such as biomass availability, water availability, agro-meteorological information, weather forecasts, and prices of livestock and agricultural products on different local markets. GARBAL's call operators also provide advisory services by answering users' requests in local languages. The service is available through a simple telephone call to 37 333 for a modest cost of 25 FCFA/min (~ €0.04/min).

STAMP+ to create a viable bundled digital service

STAMP+ is based on a public-private partnership including ORANGE Mali, which has been commercially operating the GARBAL service since 2017 and also leads its marketing and promotion; the Malian Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries which certifies the information disseminated and supports users’ engagement; Hoefsloot Spatial Solution, which collects the satellite data and translates them into actionable information for end users; TASSAGHT, which contributes to the collection of field data and to users’ awareness campaign; and SNV, which designed the service, coordinates the project and ensures that it meets the needs and expectations of pastoralists, agro-pastoralists and farmers.

The project’s scaling involves the geographic expansion of the project into the Malian regions of Kidal, Timbuktu, Mopti, Sikasso and Segou, in addition to the regions already covered, Gao and Menaka. This phase also aims to strengthen GARBAL service business model’s viability. The services offered are being expanded by integrating new digital solutions. This includes the launch of an online virtual market. This will increase target groups’ access to agricultural and livestock inputs and strengthen the connection between operators. Garbal will also start to offer an inclusive digital finance solution.

Long-term, 45,000 pastoral and agro-pastoralists, 15% of whom are women and youth, should access the integrated digital solutions offered by Garbal. This will increase their income by 10%.

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