Open big data to help farmers weather climate change
aWhere and the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture announce open access to maps for economic resilience.
aWhere in partnership with the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture today announced free and open access to its Maps for Economic Resilience (Maps4ER) to help farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and India combat climate change.
The news was announced by David Bergvinson, aWhere’s Chief Science Officer on the final day of CGIAR´s BIG DATA Conference – TRUST: Humans, Machines & Ecosystems – held at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in Hyderabad, India.
Bergvinson announced aWhere would open its geospatial data subscription to CGIAR and other researchers around the world, enabling them to gain insights into weather trends and provide timely advice to farmers and to policymakers looking to make strategic climate change adaptive investments.
“Having this data in the hands of analysts around the globe will help the entire agriculture value chain adapt to climate change and empower farmers, especially those in rainfed agriculture,” says John Corbett, CEO of aWhere.
Brian King, Coordinator of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture added that “linking the timely weather data to geospatial analysis is key to scaling innovations and help farmers in real-time. aWhere has been an important partner to achieve that.”
Weather data from over 350,000 virtual weather stations across sub-Saharan Africa and India will enable researchers, analysts and managers to generate weather insights to enable a coordinated response and solutions to adapt to climate change.
October 21, 2019
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