Partnerships to increase open weather data’s impact | Kiringai Kamau | ICT Update
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"Climate warming affects the water cycle, which impacts negatively on agricultural production and derails the cyclical effects associated with weather predictions and agricultural seasonality. Making use of weather data could help farmers to mitigate to the circumstances and increase farm productivity. To succeed, pragmatic public-private multi-stakeholder partnerships are required. Smallholder farmers rely on the rain for their production and at times get confused, because of climate change, by unreliable weather. It is therefore necessary to invoke the role that technology plays in localising agronomic weather through data collection instruments to interpret and tailor agricultural data for a well-designed farm-based management plan of choice crops. While digital thinking is good for efficiency, it has the draw-back in that collection of weather data results in a data glut that makes it necessary to think costs wrought by the implementation of processes that can utilise the data effectively. The investment needed to provide such statistics and make it accessible for service providers, calls for pragmatic private public partnerships (also called PPPPs) that promote mutually beneficial interactions between internal and external partners, or operators who share knowledge, resources, and expertise to address weather and agricultural related investments. The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) consistently promotes knowledge driven efforts that support evidence-based decision-making in agriculture, particularly to advice on what can promote food and nutrition security. By doing so it also enables and stimulates partnerships between various actors. With its focus on enabling effective use of open data to address food security and nutrition challenges, the GODAN Action network of data producers, users, and intermediaries which work through supportive partnership of collaborative capacity building of stakeholders, participated during the AMCOMET Africa Hydromet Forum 2017 with some of its African partners comprising of the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), the Programme for Agricultural Capacity Development in Africa (P4ACAD Africa), and the Center for Agricultural Networking and Information Sharing (CANIS) of the University of Nairobi to demonstrate how weather data can be used to drive food and nutrition data provision for decision-making through engagement and partnerships...."