22 March 2018: Weather Information Services for successful local agriculture in Africa

Food security for Africa is an urgent global challenge. New weather services are key to produce food more efficiently and of higher quality. On March 22nd 2018 Weather Impact hosted a seminar in the Impulse building on the Wageningen University Campus, to bring together leading experts from the fields of meteorology, hydrology and African agriculture. The seminar, “Weather-information services for successful local agriculture in Africa”,  gave a platform to professionals at the forefront of science and practice. The keynote speakers addressed crucial opportunities and challenges of achieving successful local agriculture in African countries. In a “open space” workshop, the participants discussed practical challenges, opportunities and solutions to improve local agricultural productivity in African countries. The large variety in the expertise of the participants and their active contributions resulted in a very successful day.  Links to the presentations and other materials are provided below. A summary of the results of the workshop discussions will soon become available on this web page. 

Open Space Workshop

Summary Open Space Workshop


Saskia van Pelt, Weather Impact BV  -Weather-information services for successful local agriculture in Africa

Claire Jacobs, Wageningen University and Research - Operational agro-climatic data products for the agriculture & food sector in Africa

Betty Mulianga, Sugar Research Institute, Kenya - The role of weather information in smallholder agriculture: the case of sugarcane farmers in Kenya

Els Veenhoven, TAHMO - Transforming the African agricultural landscape with innovative sensors and weather information

Other materials

Dr.Mulianga_The role of climate forecasts in smallholder agriculture

Weather Impact - Mobile weather services for small-scale farmers

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Saskia van Pelt


12.30 pm Guest arrival and lunch

13.15 pm Welcome by Gerrit Hiemstra, CEO Weather Impact

13.45 pm Plenary talks

    • Betty Mulianga PhD, Centre Director Sugar Research Institute, Kenya
    • Claire Jacobs, Researcher Wageningen University
    • Els Veenhoven PhD, Ghana TAHMO coordinator

15.00 pm Coffee and Tea

15.30 pm Open Space Workshop

17.00 pm Closing remarks

17.15 pm Drinks and networking


DATE/TIME: Thursday March 22nd, 12.30 pm

VENUE: Impulse, Wageningen

ADDRESS: Building 115, Stippeneng 2, Wageningen University Campus

MORE INFORMATION: info@weatherimpact.com

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