Climate change and decades of detrimental policies have accelerated the deterioration of Africa’s drylands, jeopardizing the carbon stocks they hold, and threatening the livelihoods and food security of millions of pastoralists. AfriScout is a digital service for pastoralists that was created by Global Communities, then operating as PCI, to overcome these challenges, restore rangelands, improve food security, and help poor families engage in positive coping mechanisms in response to climate change. By leveraging satellite imagery and crowd-sourced information from users, pastoralists can use the AfriScout mobile app to make more optimal and precise grazing decisions that support regenerative rangeland practices while protecting herds, reducing conflict, and improving livelihoods. The application has now been downloaded and used by over 20,000 pastoralists across East Africa. Results from a Fordham University study show 69% of AfriScout users improved their ability to manage pasture, 76% identified the maps are their most important tool in migration decision-making, and 42% believed that AfriScout had reduced conflict. Moreover, the study found an attributable benefit of $4,639 or approximately $67 for every cow or 10 shoats, a sheep-goat hybrid.
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- Voice of America video feature
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