Mobile app for rain forecasts in Africa raising farmers' yieldsStaff Writer | July 16, 2016
A mobile phone-based innovation that can predict rain is helping farmers in six Sub-Saharan Africa countries sow, fertilise and harvest crops at the optimum time.
Farmers and technology The mobile weather forecast for growers
The mobile weather forecast innovation created by Sweden-based Ignitia was placed second at the United States Agency for International Development and partners' first Agricultural Innovation Investment Summit, which was held in Washington, D.C. in the United States last month (1-2 June), winning $5,000 prize.
Ignitia now wants to expand into other West Africa countries using a $2.5 million grant from the Securing Water for Food challenge funded by the governments of the United States, Sweden, South Africa, and the Netherlands. ■