News: Nomadic herders go high-tech

sdy284 - December 4, 2006 11:45AM in OCC News
Satellites, cell phones and spectrometers: Probably not the first things you think of when you picture sheep and goat herders in Afghanistan. But those modern tools may soon make the lives of nomadic families a little more stable. Afghanistan is the latest location for projects coordinated by the University of California-Davis and Texas A&M University, to provide early warning systems about animal health and to help pinpoint the location of the healthiest grazing areas. A $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development's Mission to Afghanistan will fund the effort for four years.