In Burkina Faso, just as in the other Sahelian countries, transhumance is essential for the survival of pastoralists, as much as rainfall is for farmers.
Traditionally, pastoralists sent scouts in search of water and pastures while farmers observed phenomena in the wild to predict rainfall. With the consequences of climate change, traditional methods are becoming less reliable and insecurity in the Sahel makes the traveling of scouts random, expensive and risky.
To solve this problem, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and Orange Burkina Faso, launched the “Garbal” information service in Boromo on 21 June 2019. It is a service that uses the satellite to find water and greenery and to provide agro-meteorological information to producers. Information that breeders and farmers can obtain by exchanging over the phone with a call centre.