New Farmer Service Launches in Uganda Using aWhere Data

Packaged weather alerts, agronomic tips, and crop insurance marketed to smallholders

In March 2017, the MUIIS Service launched in Uganda after a strong effort from local developers, farmer outreach agents, and international data providers. aWhere is proud to be one of the data partners in the MUIIS project, contributing to the agronomic design of the system and supplying weather data to fuel its regular updates. We started work on the MUIIS project in September of 2015, and our team has visited Uganda multiple times to work with on the ground partners in developing the service.

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Ugandan Coffee: an aWhere Investigation

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.

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Using Weather Data to Project Climate Migration: A collision of two complex systems

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.

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A Disruptive Time For Agriculture

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.  

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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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