Using aWhere’s Open-Source Weather Data Tools

The digital age we live in today is distinguished by the incredible increase in the speed of information delivery and the variety of tools available to deliver it. Open-source software is an important part of this change, particularly in the area of data science. 

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Sugar Highs and Lows

Sugar, an important agricultural crop, commodity, and food, is predominately derived from sugar cane and is grown by large and small scale farmers around the world. Though sugar is commonly recognized as a sweetener or cooking aid, it actually has many other uses. Sugar can be a source of energy, a medicinal aid, a fortifier, and, for many around the world, a source of income.[1] As sugar is processed in almost every food category, many people around the world are concerned with the price of sugar and its economic impact from the small holder farmer through production. The following post will look at the projected fluctuation of global sugar production and then take a deeper dive into India, the second largest producer of sugar in the world. 

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How Climate Change Could Alter Vietnamese Society

Vietnam’s central highlands are rich in natural resources, containing lush forests, diverse wildlife, and historically one of the most productive coffee-growing locales on the planet. In the early part of 2016, however, the country suffered the worst drought seen in nearly a century. As a result, coffee traders now expect that output of the Robusta variety grown in the central highlands region may decrease by as much as 30% over the next marketing year.[1]

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Getting Early Warning Weather Alerts Where They’re Needed

For decades, farmers have taken advantage of computerized weather forecasting models to inform their field management decisions. Today, the changing climate is causing farmers to adjust their historical farming practices and crop calendars, making weather forecasts more valuable than ever as the weather becomes less predictable.  Millions of dollars are now being invested to ensure that farmers will benefit from the most accurate data available to inform their on-farm decision-making. aWhere is on the forefront of this burgeoning technology, providing its globally complete weather data to inform farmers of upcoming conditions, worldwide. 

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Extreme Temperature Events & Vietnam's GDP

Climate change is impacting the production of agricultural goods across the planet, and Vietnam is no exception. Vietnam's agriculture sector is estimated to contribute just under 20 percent to Gross Domestic Product (GDP)[1] , a common measure of national economic output, and employs around half of the country's workforce.[2]  As a result, Vietnam's economic performance is tied, in part, to the success of its agriculture sector. However, climate change is causing more extreme weather events to happen, and the rise in extreme weather events can have disastrous consequences for agriculture. Farmers' crops may be destroyed and consumers may face higher food prices due to reduced supply. Furthermore, the negative impacts from adverse weather can inhibit agricultural production in the following year, as the agricultural land tries to recover from these adverse shocks.

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Agriculture, Food Security, and Increasingly Variable Weather

Agriculture – humanity’s most spatially expansive activity – is under stress.  From semi-arid rangelands to humid tropical rice paddies to the USA’s corn belt, agriculture is vulnerable to increased weather variability across the planet.  Yes, current commodity prices are low as recent seasonal conditions have ‘averaged out’, but increasing weather variability is and will continue negatively impacting production.  Agriculture - our food supply - performs best without extreme weather conditions during the growing season.  Yield impacting events, including weather that is too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry, are already occurring more frequently all across the planet. 

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