Kukua is a social enterprise. Its mission is to be the primary source of weather information across Africa and to close Africa’s weather information gap. Kukua will positively impact those in need of accurate hyper-local weather information. Climate change is increasing the unpredictability of weather patterns, adversely affecting agricultural output. Smallholder farmers in Africa will be hit hard due to dependence on rain-fed agriculture and poor infrastructure. Africa has over 30 million small farms producing around 90% of the continent’s agricultural output. The majority of farms are run by women. Historically, these farmers relied on traditional weather knowledge to know when and where to plant crops but climate change is rendering this knowledge obsolete by affecting precipitation patterns, length of growing periods, and temperatures. With smallholder farmers unable to rely on traditional knowledge, technology must fill the gap. Access to reliable, accurate weather data and ag...
Kukua is a social enterprise. Its mission is to be the primary source of weather information across Africa and to close Africa’s weather information gap. Kukua will positively impact those in need of accurate hyper-local weather information. Climate change is increasing the unpredictability of weather patterns, adversely affecting agricultural output. Smallholder farmers in Africa will be hit hard due to dependence on rain-fed agriculture and poor infrastructure. Africa has over 30 million small farms producing around 90% of the continent’s agricultural output. The majority of farms are run by women. Historically, these farmers relied on traditional weather knowledge to know when and where to plant crops but climate change is rendering this knowledge obsolete by affecting precipitation patterns, length of growing periods, and temperatures. With smallholder farmers unable to rely on traditional knowledge, technology must fill the gap. Access to reliable, accurate weather data and agronomic information is crucial to making informed decisions about when and how to plant and tend crops in order to boost yields.
However, Sub-Saharan Africa has a dearth of weather tracking infrastructure.
Kukua has developed a weather station at the forefront of “Internet of Things” technology: the station is connected to the Internet, solar-powered, and cost effective, using an innovative frugal approach ideal for Africa. Kukua stations are low cost and are connected to the Internet, uploading weather data to the “cloud” every 15 minutes. They are powered by a hand sized solar panel, so can be located in remote areas away from the electricity grid. Kukua uses high quality sensors from DAVIS, but has simplified the communication technology into a robust piece of frugal technology. We also harness the power of mobile phone technology to transform complex data into accessible, impactful messages: empowering recipients. Sustainability comes from the sale of weather data to insurance companies; weather data resellers; commodity traders; agribusinesses etc.
Partnerships are key. We produce and distribute forecasts with our partner FORECA, the official weather information provider to Microsoft, and we work with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture on roll out and impact.
Kukua and partners have installed around 80 stations so far, with the aim of rolling out a further 1,500 in the next two years. Five years from now, 7,000 will be installed across Africa.
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Do watch the Click item on Kukua Weather Services, you will find it this week on the BBC World News Service..