In the Mobile Data for Moving Herd Management and better incomes (MODHEM) project, Dutch and Burkinabe organisations work together to improve the food security situation of Burkinabe pastoralists' and farmers’ households through access to and use of geo-satellite derived data.  Advance Consulting assisted the Dutch-Burkinabe consortium in developing the project proposal and business plan.

Within the project period, 100,000 pastoralists’ households and 200,000 farmers’ households in Burkina Faso will be given access to the information service. This will be tailor-made to pastoralists and farmers’ information and decision making needs, giving them more predictability for their productions. The information service will provide them with instant access to reliable information, offered over simple mobile phones to subscribers against a modest fee to a call centre and text messages.

Through the platform, MODHEM will provide valuable information, based on satellite data, to pastoralists. This will increase meat yields, prevent crop losses and reduce conflicts between pastoralists and farmers. The business model is based on income from SMS-messages sent and requests made to the call centre. The customers are either smallholder pastoralists that subscribe directly or companies, cooperatives and NGO’s that buy packages for their target group. It is projected that pastoralists and farmers will see respectively 15% and 10% income increase thanks to accurate information about biomass availability, water availability, weather forecasts and livestock market prices.


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Project Location

Burkina Faso


SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Ecodata, SarVision, Permanent Interstates Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) & the local Ministry of Animal Resources.

External funding

Grant funding by NSO (G4AW programme)

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