Decision Support Tool

This project aimed at collecting detailed information on locations and relative availability of key livestock resources (e.g. pasture,water,) across seasons to support the development community-led land use plans.

Decision supporting tool for Land use plan (DTLP)

Livestock movement and the availability of resources are crucial for agriculture sustainability in resource-poor settings. This project aims to collect detailed information on livestock resources and mobility patterns using participatory mapping and GPS loggers. The data collected will support community-led land use plans to manage resources better and prevent conflicts between farmers and livestock keepers. The study mapped livestock resources and collected information on migration corridors associated with seasons across 380 villages in four districts in northern Tanzania. Fine-scale movement data were also collected using GPS collaring to provide in-depth information on individual herd migration and resource use patterns.

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Our Approach

Mapping Tools

Google Earth images and topographic maps,were used as data collection tools. It also helped to provide a means to locate and estimate the size of key livestock resources in the area and crop lands more precisely.

Mapping maps

Community Participatory Mapping

The study involved consulting community stakeholders and village representatives to identify and map key livestock resources, such as grazing and watering points etc, as well as discuss animal movement characteristics in relation to key resources , livestock routes, croplands, and conflicts. The mapping exercise was also recorded in a digital field book using Open Data Kit (ODK).


Data labelling and digitization

All resource areas and livestock routes identified in each village were digitized and validated using GPS points collected during the survey.

Shape files were created for each type of resource area and livestock route, such as grazing areas (polygon), livestock routes and rivers (lines), and livestock markets, water points, dipping points, crushing units, and mineral salt points.


GPS collaring of livestock herds

To establish the patterns of pastoral herds migration, particularly the timeline and route, selected herds from villages were collared using GPS loggers. The telemetry data provide additional information and further validate the livestock mobility patterns such as average distance travelled by each herd, utilisation of resources and livestock migratory routes as identified in the participatory mapping


Data verfication

Following the labeling and digitization of the data, additional meetings were held to confirm some of the patterns that were identified during the analysis and to verify the accuracy of the digitized data.

The Team and partners

Data Usage and Citation

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Gladness, M., Divine, E., Shirima, G.M., Mizeck, C., (2023). Decision Support Tool for Community-led Land Use Plans. https://dtlp.nottech.co.tz/index.html