Farmerline is proudly partnering with the TAHMO Initiative, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Delft University of Technology (TU-Delft) on a Water and Weather Monitoring initiative that aims to positively impact 10,000 cocoa farmers with the establishment of 40 new weather stations in Ghana by 2016.
It was an exciting week for Farmerline, as the team travelled to Accra from 3-7 November in order to launch a new initiative in partnership with the Trans-African HydroMeteorological Observatory (TAHMO), an NGO based in The Netherlands that aims to develop a network of weather stations across Africa. The week-long workshop acted as the official kick-off for the TAHMO Initiative, with highlighted events including a widely attended meeting for stakeholders on Thursday, 6 November and participation in the launch of the “Climate Change Education in School” Programme on Friday, 7 November at Accra Academy Senior High.
The goal of the TAHMO Initiative is to establish weather stations across Ghana for improved access to accurate climate data and the sustainable development of agriculture, weather forecasting, as well as climate modelling in Africa. Farmerline will be actively supporting these efforts through offering its innovative voice technology to communicate obtained weather forecasting results to more than 10,000 cocoa farmers and developing educational materials for youth on climate change and effective water resource management. In fact, each weather station will be hosted by a local secondary school in hopes of providing a hands-on approach for the students’ education.
As roughly 60% of Ghana’s workforce is involved in the agricultural sector, the TAHMO Initiative hopes to achieve positive impact through effective monitoring, collecting and storing of ongoing and historical climate data, improvements in food production and harvest predictions. The initiative will begin with a particular focus on cocoa farms, but will eventually expand to other crops and other African countries such as Sierra Leone, Guinea and Senegal.
Farmerline is a proud partner of this initiative and looks forward to utilizing its mobile services to aid in the development of TAHMO’s efforts. This collaborative effort aims to bring a brighter future for Ghana’s agricultural sector and improved education for future generations on the importance of climate change.
To learn more about this new and exciting initiative, see here.