[PhD’s corner] Anna Sow : Transformation of Sahel’s pastoralism value chains in the digital age: Can participative information systems support market access for herders?

Anna is one of the #DigitAg funded PhDs

 

Transformation of Sahel’s pastoralism value chains in the digital age: Can participative information systems support market access for herders?

  • Start Date: 18 octobre 2021
  • University: AgroParisTech
  • PhD School: ABIES (Agriculture, alimentation, biologie, environnement et santé)
  • Fields: Geography
  • Doctoral Thesis Advisors: Marc Piraux ( Tetis, Cirad)
  • Co-supervisor: Jean-Daniel Cesaro ( Selmet, Cirad)
  • Funding: #DigitAg
  • #DigitAg: Funded thesis – Axe 1 : Impact des technologies de l’information et de la communication sur le monde rural, Axe 4 : Système d’information, stockage et transfert de données, Challenge 7 : Intégration de l’agriculture dans les chaînes de valeur, Challenge 6 : La gestion des territoires agricoles

Keywords: Pastoral sectors, digital technologies, information flow, marketing strategy, participatory digital governance, Sahel

Abstract: To support the participation of pastoralists in the market economy, the Sahelian states have supported market monitoring information systems (MIS) dedicated to the pastoral sectors. These MIS seek to make the market more “transparent” and to strengthen cooperation between actors within the value chains (CILSS, 2016). Meeting these objectives requires a solid organization but also dedicated information services for a diversity of actors. At the regional level, the reality shows a strong heterogeneity in the functionality of MIS, weakening upstream-downstream coordination. To remedy this situation, economic actors are developing new information exchange practices based on digital technology and are creating new market access opportunities in a rapidly changing socio-technical landscape. By integrating these new uses into the systems, it would be possible to achieve a participatory governance of MIS. The purpose of this thesis is to analyze the processes of inclusion of economic actors in pastoralism and improvement of upstream-downstream coordination within local value chains through the emergence of functional participatory information systems.


Contact: anna-prisca.sow [AT] cirad.fr​ – Tél : Senegal +221773020298, France +33782195698


Communications / Publications:

  • Cesaro. J.D. et Sow. A.P. (2021) Des outils numériques pour gérer un bassin laitier d’agropasteurs en Afrique de l’Ouest, Grain de Sel, 2p.
  • Vall et al. 2021. « Early effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on the African dairy industry : Cases of Burkina Faso, Kenya, Madagascar, and Senegal ». Cahiers Agriculture, vol 30: 14. (open access)
  • Sow. A.P. (2020) Co-concevoir un système de collecte de lait efficient dans la région de Fatick: les défis de l’émergence d’une chaine de valeur lait (Sénégal). Agritrop. 124p.