We make farmers more resilient for climate change and optimize global food production, an important topic at the Climate Adaptation Summit on 25th and 26th of January 2021. Geodata for Agriculture and Water, the National Space Office, organized a G4AW Pitch Fest, which will be shown during the side event of the summit. We contributed with our own video, about our accomplishments with G4AW projects so far and the development of our digital weather forecasting service. We are ready for the next steps and for scaling up our weather and climate services, to reach more farmers!
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Pleun successfully defended her PhD thesis at Utrecht University last week. She performed 4 years research about climate change, weather extremes and mountain meteorology in Asia and published 4 first-author peer-reviewed papers. At weather Impact Pleun will continue working on similar topics and use her knowledge to develop weather and climate services. We want to congratulate Dr. Pleun Bonekamp with this great achievement!
We reached a next step in the G4AW Project Mavo Diami in Angola. Farmers now receive a daily agro-weather update on their mobile phone, through a Telegram application. The application is called the KRES Service. Already up to 100 farmers are registered to this KRES Service, and the number of registrations is growing every day. Next to the daily automatic update, the farmer can also start a dialogue with the digital KRES assistant and ask questions about the land suitability for various crops or about the suitability for land preparation. Read more ›
Weather information becomes more and more important in the energy sector. Not only the energy supply itself, due to the transition to more renewable energy, but also the capacity of the network has a strong dependence on weather. For actors in the energy sector, it becomes therefore more and more important to integrate weather and climate knowledge in their operations. Read more ›
Climate change is impacting on global food production. The risks of crop failure due to climate change-induced weather variability are highest in small-scale agriculture, which is often rain-fed. On the positive side, mobile phones and other new communication technologies offer great opportunities to digitalize agricultural services, especially in remote places. Weather and climate information services are also improving thanks to the widespread availability of satellite data, while web-interfaces, APIs and other IT technology enable easy dissemination of this information. Read more ›
Climate is the largest contributor to agricultural yield variability in Africa, making climate change a topic of high importance. For many years, knowledge about the weather for agricultural practices is passed from generation to generation, however this knowledge cannot be applied anymore due to a changing climate.
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Last week, Aliane Nahimana successfully defended her MSc thesis about crowd-sourced rainfall observations in Burundi and the quality of Weather Impact’s weather forecast. For this work, she was supervised by TU Delft, Weather Impact and AUXFIN, and performed her work both in The Netherlands and Burundi. In her research, Aliane investigated the quality of crowd-sourced rainfall observations and its value for validation studies. Read more ›
The short rains in Kenya are starting. Weather Impact starts this week the seasonal SMS weather forecast to Kenyan farmers. This service is a continuation of the CropMon services.
Around 130.000 farmers that were registered during the CropMon project will receive a weekly weather forecast. The forecast contains information about the temperature and rainfall in the upcoming week. Read more ›
For the fifth year in a row, the National Meteorological Agency of Ethiopia and Weather Impact are collaborating to provide localized weather forecasts to almost 10,000 farmers in Ethiopia via their mobile phones. This public-private partnership for agro-meteorological services is sustained by Benefit-Sesame Business Network. Read more ›
15 July 2020. Cereal Growers Association (CGA) and Weather Impact (WI) sign an agreement to continue Weather information delivery to the members of CGA. CGA is a non-profit, national farmer association registered in Kenya. The organisation mobilizes cereal and pulse smallholder farmers and supports them in their production and marketing. Read more ›