Why TAHMO is important for agriculture
POSTED 7 APRIL 2015
Knowing the weather is critical for agriculture. This is as true in Africa as it is anywhere else. Unfortunately, smallholder African farmers are often at the mercy of the weather. Droughts can decimate an entire year's crop, leading to dire consequences for farmers who are dependent on farming for their livilihood.
Critical services such as weather insurance (paying farmers when there is a drought) and weather predictions (telling farmers when to plant and which crops will fare best in a given year) depend on accurate and timely weather data.
At the 2015 Global Form on Innovations in Agriculture held in Abu Dhabi last month, I spoke about TAHMO's role in meeting the need for African weather data: