FAO in Mongolia

FAO and MoFALI to introduce innovative ICT technology to livestock traceability system in Mongolia


Ch. Ulaan, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry and Vinod Ahuja, FAOR in Mongolia have officially signed two projects to jointly implement on animal registration and traceability system. 

-          Enhancing Efficiency and Traceability of Agricultural Value Chains in Mongolia through innovations and ICTs

-          Piloting an Improved Animal Identification and Registration System In Mongolia.

Both projects compliments each other with aim to bring innovations and ICT technology to livestock sector in Mongolia.  The project on animal identification and registration system will be implemented in four soums of Uvurkhangai aimag. The work to identify and register a total of 190 thousand livestock in the soums is to be done between June 2019 to February 2020 in partnership with a local meat factory.

Minster Ch.Ulaan highlighted that the projects will highly contribute to the improved efficiency of livestock product value chains through enhanced national capacities and innovative ICT solutions.

Both officials, Mr. Ulaan.Ch and Mr. Vinod Ahuja strongly believe that after the implementation, the project activities can be scaled up to national level contributing to the government priority areas of Promotion of sustainable livestock development through improved quality, health and productivity of livestock and increased pasture, feed, fodder and water supply; and Development of value chain: improvement of food products, food safety standards and food marketing.

Mongolia has the human and natural resource base to produce sufficient ‘green’ livestock products and selected vegetables for import substitution on the domestic market and a comparative advantage for producing ‘green’ livestock products for export. However, the supply chain inefficiencies and lack of traceability mechanisms hold back the potential both in domestic and international markets. This TCP (Technical Cooperation Project) aims to introduce and demonstrate the value of ICT in enhancing the value chain efficiency and traceability. 

Blockchain based transactions are being piloted in many sectors including the financial, manufacturing, energy and government sectors. They are also being used in relation to agriculture supply chains, land registrations and digital IDs. Initially born out of a need for a more decentralized financial system (together with cryptocurrencies), this technology is finding innovative uses in a wide range of applications.