KALRO, World Bank partner to form Agro-meteorological data platform
October 10, 2018
The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization, KALRO, and the World Bank have partnered to create an agricultural observatory platform that will enable institutions access agro-meteorological data.
The information on weather, market, climate and advisory markets is expected to help policy makers and farmers optimize their decisions.Unpredictable weather patterns coupled with challenges in accessing accurate and timely data that farmers can use has resulted to low agricultural productivity in recent years.
The system which will be up and running by end month will offer data on rains, temperature, wind and speed.The information will be availed to policy makers to be able to advise farmers through the Agricultural extension systems on even the variety of maize they need to plant depending on data.
The Agricultural Observatory Platform will also be able to aggregate field and farm level data into information that provides insight in addressing the challenge of where it rained, where crops failed and how many people were impacted.