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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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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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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Big Data Solving Ag Challenges in East Africa

How can Big Data play a role in the next Green Revolution in East Africa?  Late last month I had the opportunity to explore this question by joining a team of big data experts in a tour of East Africa. 

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