It is crucial for farmers to have access to accurate and local weather information in order to take well-founded management decisions, such as the timing of irrigation, fertilization and harvesting, and it contributes to effective risk management. However, developing and offering these services to small farmers in developing countries on the basis of open weather data is challenging.
How to create impact on smallholder farming with open weather data was the topic of the workshop that was held on 21 and 22 November 2017. In The Hague, The Netherlands, practitioners, policy-makers and academics explored the practical and strategic challenges they face to work with open weather data and how to address these. The discussions and case studies gave a good insight into topics such as entrepreneurial incentives for intermediaries to develop localised services with weather data, the importance of farmer communities’ involvement, and the role of governmental support for open data infrastructure.
One of the results was the step toward a Community of Practice. Read more about the outcome in the document ‘Value-adding weather information services for smallholders’
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