|A LMIS market monitor interviewing a trader for latest market data
||A LMIS market monitor reporting new market data using a cell phone
||A herder inquiring latest market data using a cell phone
Livestock market information is an integral part of early warning systems. It is helping track changes in terms of trade particularly with regard to comparing trends in grain marketing in order to identify potentially critical food shortage trends. The Ethiopian Livestock Market Information System (ET LMIS) provides regular livestock prices and volume information on most of the major livestock markets in Ethiopia.
The ET LMIS is a mechanism through which collection, analysis and dissemination of information needed to help producers, middle men and traders are organized and systematized. This system provides near real time market information which is available on request via SMS text message system, email, WorldSpace radio systems and on the internet. The ET LMIS was created as part of the LINKS sub-project within the
Global Livestock Collaborative
Research Support Program (GL-CRSP) being implemented by
Texas A&M University and funded by USAID.
The message: The livelihood of a vast majority of people in East Africa is highly dependent on income from livestock and livestock products. Therefore, the development of reliable and timely livestock market information is vital for the development of the countries in the region and provides a basis for livestock producers and traders to make informed marketing decisions.