Invitation to the CropMon Project Closure Workshop in Nairobi

Crop Monitoring Service-Kenya (CROPMON) is a four-year project funded by the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) facility. The CROPMON project has developed an affordable decision supporting information service for smallholder to medium-sized farmers in Kenya.  CROPMON provides information services to the farmers on the actual crop condition, farm management advisory and a local 7-day forecast of temperatures and rainfall. Today, about 200,000 farmers (growing coffee, sugarcane, maize, wheat and grass) in Kenya benefit on a weekly basis from the CROPMON service.

The Project Closure Workshop of CropMon takes place on Tuesday 20th of August 2019 in Nairobi. On this day, we celebrate the successes of CROPMON project, share the lessons learned and present the business case for the next phase of the project. The day will be a combination of project demonstration, farmer testimonials, business development workshop and last but not least an open forum for discussion and networking.

If you are interested to join this day, please feel free to reach out to us for your registration.[

Weather Impact and Satelligence combat the Fall Armyworm in Africa

Fall Armyworm (FAW) is an insect that is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. It prefers maize but can feed on more than 80 additional species of plants. It has a voracious appetite, reproduces and spreads quickly, given the right environmental conditions. FAW was first detected in Central and Western Africa in early 2016 and has spread across most of sub-Saharan Africa in a staggering speed. Millions of hectares of maize, most in the hands of smallholder farmers, have been infested and the crop pest poses a significant threat to food security, income and livelihoods. According to an evidence note published by the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) in September 2017, unless proper control measures are implemented, the pest could cause maize yield losses estimated between 3.6 and 6.2 billion dollar per year across the 12 major African maize producing countries.

With the aim of combating the spread of FAW across the African continent Weather Impact and Satelligence have joint forces to develop a digital forecasting model that provides actionable insights to users. The innovative model combines high resolution satellite- and weather data to predict the outbreak of the FAW. Farmers receive timely warnings about the risk of outbreak and are enabled to take appropriate measures to protect their crops. The model will be first tested in Ghana where in 2017 over 144 000 hectares were infested with the pest and the livelihood of more than 4 million farmers is threatened.

The first phase of the development is funded by the Small Business Innovation Research program, part of the Dutch Government.


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