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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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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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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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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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Visualizing South Africa’s Drought

Every year, South Africa yields one of the largest agricultural harvests on the African continent, producing megatonnes of both staple cereals as well as valuable export products like citrus and wines.  However, the worst drought in a century, now in its second year, has wreaked havoc on production and driven up food prices across the region. South Africa is expected to import more than 2 million tonnes of maize in 2016/2017 to make up for the shortfall in domestic production of the crop, which is its most important staple food.[1]

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