Coffee is a critical cash crop in Uganda, and the country is one of the largest producers in the world. Coffee alone accounts for between 20 and 30 percent of foreign exchange earnings and employs an estimated 3.5 million workers. The production for coffee is spread across Uganda, with both Arabica and Robusta varieties in cultivation.Read More
Every day at aWhere, we experience the difficulties of modeling and understanding the climate. In its own way, human migration is an equally difficult system to comprehend, and unlike in climate science, migration data is in short supply - most migrants, especially the vulnerable, are the least likely to be recorded by official statistics. This makes exploring the relationship between a changing climate and human migration a particularly challenging prospect.Read More
The promise of Big Data and Emerging Technologies is changing the world around us. Practically every day the news is filled with stories of the latest breakthroughs, newest algorithms, most powerful computers, and ground-breaking discoveries. The constant march forward of mankind’s intellectual and technological development is allowing us as a society to routinely do things that would have been the realm of science fiction only a generation ago.
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.Read More
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. 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.Read More
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.Read More