India’s Extreme Weather Requires Big Data Analytics to Deliver Big Results to Farmers

Weekly rainfall charts show the erratic rainfall events across the country – this data is updated DAILY.

Farmers around the world are facing the challenge of adapting to weather extremes and variability due to climate change. As a recent Al Jazeera report explains, this is especially true for India which has seen flooding in the north and drought in the south as the monsoon becomes increasingly erratic. At aWhere, we want farmers to be empowered with accurate weather data and insights based on crop and pest models to increase their resilience to weather variability.

Indian farmers have been particularly impacted this year with flooding in the north and drought and a delayed monsoon in other regions (seen in the map above). Weather variability has disrupted traditional farming practices that are usually signaled by the first rains of the monsoon. This traditional planting signal is not as reliable and can lead to premature planning and crop failure. However, with the advent of cloud computing and diverse weather sources we can generate accurate weather data to empower farmers with appropriate recommendations to minimize production risks and maximize profits. 

The reality is that farming is a data-intensive enterprise, yet farmers often operate in a data-poor environment. We believe this must change, and new public-private partnerships are emerging to adapt effectively to climate change. aWhere does offer a key component of this equation by generating a global observed weather surface (over 1.7 million virtual weather stations) over the past decade to gain insights into how our weather is changing and appropriate responses to manage these changes. Our weather insights help farmers, input providers, processors, and retail companies ensure farmers are profitable and can manage production risks to ensure safe, affordable, and nutritious food to consumers. Let’s harness the power of big data to deliver tailored solutions to big challenges like climate change and build economic resilience.