aWhere is working with a sense of urgency together with our partners to make 2020 a banner year for progress
Agriculture impacts most of the Sustainable Development Goals. Goals related to hunger, poverty, health, sustainable consumption, and climate action can be addressed through improvements and advancements in the agrifood sector. aWhere supports the SDGs in a pragmatic manner by helping farmers and agrifood actors adapt to rapid and extreme weather patterns through it’s 1.9 million weather stations. aWhere covers the agricultural earth and we thus empowers farmers, governments, private sector and development organizations to generate insights to inform actions to achieve economic, social and environmental resilience to climate change. With major targets to be met by 2030, the SDGs can only be achieved by integrating key data assets such as weather into decision making.
Below is a description of how aWhere is actively contributing to specific SDGs.
aWhere and the Sustainable Development Goals
Adaptation to climate change to increase production is possible with aWhere’s 1.9 million virtual weather stations.
With digital agriculture services, aWhere supports farmers directly by providing weather and agronomic advice to improve on-farm decision-making in response to increased weather variability. Providing a forecast has been shown to increase a farmer’s income and allows farmers to make better decisions such as when to plant and apply fertilizer for optimal returns and higher yields and less chemical runoff and erosion of soil into water bodies.
aWhere’s weather-based models for vector borne diseases such as malaria and dengue enable areas at risk to be identified so preventative measures can be taken to preserve human health. Crop pest and disease models alert farmers and processors on areas where crop losses are likely so measures can be taken to reduce crop losses and preserve food quality.
aWhere is training and empowering scientists and analysts to use open-source data science tools to understand how weather is changing so appropriate action can be taken by farmers, policy makers and across the agrifood sector.
Weather-based recommendations delivered through agricultural extension agents and mobile phones offer a modern arsenal to combat poverty and malnutrition in rural communities.
aWhere works directly with governments to integrate weather data and analytics into decision workflows where limited weather insights exist. This improves targeting of modern technology and fosters innovation. One of aWhere’s partners has leveraged our API to integrate directly with their national agricultural advisory system.
aWhere’s digital agriculture initiatives are designed to democratize information and opportunities for both women and men, especially in high risk production areas where rainfall variability has exacerbated inequity. aWhere’s data can reduce the cost of provisioning index-based insurance to give farmers the confidence to invest in agriculture. Additionally, aWhere is developing a crop risk score for banks and farmers based on weather and cropping practices to serve as a proxy for a credit score so farmers can access fair credit to invest in their farms.
aWhere’s data and models support ecological intensification by identifying regions where crops are best suited given the rapid changes and increased variability of weather. Crops traditionally grown in an area may no longer be suitable and thus pose a high risk of crop failure.
Optimizing cropping systems for a defined ecology ultimately translates to fewer crop failures and effective use of farmland to reduce the need for more farmland and thus preserves forests and biodiversity.
aWhere empowers partners to deliver economic resilience to climate change by providing accurate weather data to drive climate-smart agriculture initiatives. Weather data is a key input in the steps to adapt to climate change and governments, companies, and development organizations are beginning to recognize this. aWhere is answering the call to action to adapt our world to climate change.
aWhere’s environmental trend analyses provide insight into how the climate is changing which can inform decisions on where to invest in irrigation systems, adapt cropping systems and where infrastructure investments will offer the greatest value for development and resilience to extreme weather variability.
aWhere is committed to partnerships for prosperity and peace with public and private sector partners in the agrifood and adjacent sectors. Weather data offers a key signal to mount a coordinated response to adaptation to climate change and reduce the risk of hunger and conflict, especially in marginal environments where climate change is often more exacting on the poor.