Texas A&M University
Texas A&M; University of Arizona; University of Wisconsin; South Dakota State University (US); Observatoire du Marche Agricole; Direction Nationale des Productions et des Industries Animales; Institut d'Economie Rurale; l'Institut Polytechnique Rural de Katibougou (Mali)
John McPeak, Stephen Prince, Steve Huckett, Doug Tolleson, Matthew Turner, Gabriel Senay (US); Nouh Sow, Lassine Diarra, Aly Kouriba, Hamidou Nantoume, Alpha Kergna, Boubacar Dembele (Mali)
The USAID mission in Mali identified a need to improve the productivity and income of pastoralists and livestock producers in Mali, in particular the northern regions. To facilitate this, the Global Livestock Collaborative Research and Support Program (GL-CRSP) in association with Texas A&M University/Texas AgriLife Research, Syracuse University, and several national partners in Mali initiated the Mali Livestock and Pastoralists Initiative (MLPI-1). Now under the umbrella of the Livestock-Climate Change Collaborative Research Support Program (LCC CRSP), the MLPI-2 initiative looks to build on previous successes and expand to meet emerging needs.
1) Expansion of the livestock market information system (LMIS) in Mali to bring state-of-the-art communication and information technologies to remaining areas of the country; 2) Conduct market chain analyses and examine household marketing and migration decision making by pastoralists; 3) Develop methods and extension activities for nutritional analyses of supplemental feed in northern Mali; 4) Conduct risk management activities in northern Mali with a specific focus on community-based conflict management and development of mapping tools; 5) Develop early-warning capabilities for monitoring surface water used by livestock in northern Mali; 6) Develop capacity and rapid assessment methods for monitoring livestock fodder and animal nutrition status.