The collaboration with ICVolunteers started in 2006, in the context of the preliminary study for the project on Breeding Information Points in the Sahel Region.
Before the signing of the agreement, Viola Krebs, Executive Director of ICVolunteers, noted that "this partnership is to value the important work carried out by SCN." She continued by saying that "the aim is to work with the Agriculture Volunteers as information connectors in the field for the implementation of what we call Breeding Information Points."
These information points will simultaneously be contributed to and utilized by the stockbreeders and the other participants of the network. These 'points' will thus help in the distribution and dissemination of information related to epidemiology, the weather, the environment and socio-economic issues. They will also help raise awareness among the most vulnerable populations about sustainable and responsible management of livestock, by increasing the development, use and marketing of livestock products and, in the long run, by reducing the vulnerability of the pastoral communities.
"In Africa, information needs to become a main means of development," pointed out Djibrill Fall, researcher and project manager. "It's not just about information distributed from the top to the bottom, but rather, general basic information, which can circulate at all levels. The idea is to build a network which connects development experts with local organizations providing or exchanging with them useful information about the treatment of clean water, rain prediction, and market trends."