SBIR Fall Armyworm
Since the Fall Armyworm (FAW) was first detected in Africa early 2016, it has conquered almost the entire continent. For small-scale African farmers, the FAW is a major problem as it has the potential to destroy complete fields and cause devastating losses. Funded by the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program from the Dutch government, Weather Impact partners with Satelligence to develop a FAW prediction model that combines satellite data and weather predictions to forecast the high risk areas for FAW. By informing farmers timely about a high risk, they can check their fields with increased frequency and take preventive measures. If FAW eggs or small larva are found and removed in time large losses can be prevented. Since July 2019, a half-year pilot service provides 1000 Ghanaian farmers with weekly FAW risk messages.
Investing in smallholder farmers is often related to a high investment risk. Impactor is a platform between the investor and the farmers designed to give the farmers access to financial means. The Impactor platform contains risk profiles of the farmers that are based on historical production and on the climatic conditions of the farmer’s locations. Weather Impact has performed weather risk analysis that are used to map the investment risks. A set of specific risk indicators is developed. At field level, the risk indicators are calculated and used in an algorithm to predict the solvency of smallholder farmers.
More news about this project;
- Fall Armyworm early-warning system operational in Ghana
- First Africa, now Asia: Fall Armyworm is becoming a world-wide epidemic
- Weather Impact and Satelligence combat the Fall Armyworm in Africa