One of the key objectives of KLMC is provision of reliable market information to livestock producers and traders across the country.
In collaboration with other stakeholders KLMC has been in front line in development of a reliable market information system. The organization supports ten (10) markets out of the 22 (twenty two) markets being monitored under the National Market Information Systems being managed by Ministry of Livestock Development, KLMC, and LINKS (Livestock Information Network and Knowledge System).
The information was developed by TEXAS UNIVERSITY through International Livestock Research Institute with the participation of local partners especially KLMC, SNV and MOLD. Access to information has improved awareness among livestock producers and traders to make timely decisions in where to sell and buy their animals.
Training of market monitors on market information
Market monitors training
Monitors trained on Animal Grading system
Drought risk reduction measures
Due to the frequent recurrence of the drought in Kenya and the region, KLMC in collaboration with Oxfam GB and ministry of livestock development is trying to improve the market information system so that it can predict the intensity of the drought and also assist producers, traders and general pastoralist’s community when to restock or destock their herd. This will enable them to make informed decision and help them to reduce the huge loss that usually goes with the extreme weather condition. Moreover, it will enhance drought preparedness in the ASAL regions of Kenya and thus strengthen drought early warning system both at community and the policy maker’s levels.
The information being gathered is disseminated through the traditional ways i.e. organizing barazas so that the pastoralists themselves can pass the information among themselves and by use of the modern technologies. These may include the use of the internet for the literate group and the local vernacular radios. The provision of market information like the breed available, volume and the prices of livestock have over years yielded fruits as traders and producers can make informed decision on when and where to sell their produce. A case example is the attraction of traders from far areas (urban centers) to rural markets because they can get the volume of the stock they require and thus minimize on time wastage and also enjoys the benefits of economies of scale (more turnovers).
Livestock Producers being sensitized use of Market Information