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Description

Introduction

For farmers, being informed about local weather conditions is essential to perform their daily work. Weather conditions are crucial for the development of crops, the ultimate yields and the quality of harvested products. Timely weather based information will support farm management decisions, e.g. regarding seeding date, timing of irrigation and fertilisation and harvesting, and allows for effective risk mitigation. Consequently it can make the difference between good and sub-optimal or even no yields. Thus, the availability of weather data, and especially short and medium term forecasts to act upon are key, for farmers, for service providers providing farm management advice and ultimately also for consumers to ensure food security.

Aims

This workshop aims to share experiences and learning from existing initiatives that focus on providing added value services for smallholders using (open) weather data. It will focus at ways to achieve impact for smallholders and the role of standards and capacity building. The workshop will bring together actors from different networks (e.g. GODAN and GODAN Action, G4AW) to discuss good practices for the application of weather data and viable business models that allow Dutch actors to co-create added value services in an international context and that generate impact for smallholders.

Workshop programme

9:30 – 9:50 - Welcome and introduction

  • Sjoerd Croqué (Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands)
  • Sander Janssen (Wageningen University & Research)

9:50 – 10:00 - Introduction to the programme (Onno Roosenschoon - GODAN Action)

10:00 – 10:20 - Weather data as part of the data value chain towards smallholders (Chris Addison - CTA)

10:20 – 10:40 - Potential impact of accessible weather data (Rob Lokers - GODAN Action)

10:40 – 11:00 - Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 - Parallel working groups “Achieving Impact with Weather Data”

  • Weather data for micro-finance and insurance
  • Weather forecasts – early warning systems for agriculture
  • Weather data for farm management advice

12:30 – 13:30 - Lunch

13:30 – 13:50 - An example of a successful end user application driven by weather data (Gerrit Hiemstra, Weather Impact)

13:50 – 14:10 - Weather data standards and interoperability (Leigh Dodds, GODAN Action, Open Data Institute)

14:10– 15:45 - Parallel working groups “The importance of standards and the role of capacity building”

  • Weather data for micro-finance and insurance
  • Weather forecasts – early warning systems for agriculture
  • Weather data for farm management advice

15:45 – 16:00 - Coffee break

16:00 – 16:45 - Reporting back from the working groups and discussion (session facilitators)

16:45 – 17:00 - Conclusions (Sander Janssen, Wageningen University & Research)

17:00 – 18:30 - Drinks and buffet

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