The Global Resilience Partnership is exploring, prototyping and scaling innovative resilience solutions, experimenting on the edge of the possible, pioneering deals, convening and encouraging collaboration between new partners and traditional agencies – to provide mass to achieve impact at scale. The organisation plans to help millions of vulnerable people in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and South East Asia better adapt to shocks and chronic stresses and thrive in a more resilient future.
Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, and Sida are the founding sponsors, collectively investing to increase global resilience and mobilize regional collaborations.
African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) will empower local communities and vulnerable agriculturists across Uganda with an innovative early warning weather system for severe weather across the drought prone Cattle Corridor, the accident prone areas of Lake Victoria, Kyoga, and Wamala, and Uganda’s flash flood prone highlands. Leveraging the prevalence of cell phones across the country, the team will partner with mobile operators and the Ugandan National Meteorological Authority to provide low cost, on-demand access to weather alerts to more than 16 million Ugandan cell phone users and free access to all 8 million Airtel subscribers.
The objective of TWIGA is to provide currently unavailable geo-information on weather, water and climate for sub-Saharan Africa by enhancing satellite-based geo-data with innovative in situ sensors and developing related information services that answer needs of African stakeholders and the GEOSS community. The concept is a systematic feedback loop to reciprocally validate in situ measurements and satellite data in one integrated model. Over 500 in situ measurement stations using citizen science.
Building on and pushing further recent advances in sensor and communication technology to provide cheaper and more robust in situ measurements covering a wider area at a higher resolution in sub-Saharan Africa. Working with tech-hubs in Europe and Africa to feed the creation and growth of European and African start-ups that develop sensors and geo-services, delivering complete value chains from sensor to customer-ready information delivery. More info can be found on the website of TWIGA.
This July IBM declared it will supply funding to add more than 300 TAHMO micro-weather stations across Kenya, Nigeria and various other African nations. The stations will be placed in a strategic location to serve a historically under-served community with real-time, accurate weather data. Potential results of the installations include helping improve irrigation and agricultural resource management as well as providing unique climate insights for the aviation, power, insurance, and various service-related industries.
Currently-available sensors used in weather stations are not suitable for the TAHMO project. They are either too expensive, susceptible to failure in African environments (insects, dust, etc.), or they don’t measure the variables we desire. The objective of the TAHMO Sensor Design Competition is to design sensors that measure a weather or hydrological variable and are both inexpensive and robust.
The TAHMO project is interested in measuring weather in new ways. These new sensing methods should be resilient, require little to no maintenance, and be cost effective. One option is to measure traditional weather parameters like air temperature, relative humidity, or solar radiation, but in new ways, and another would be to measure non-traditional weather parameters like lightning or dust. For this competition, the focus lies on the sensors themselves and not on data communication. The central idea is to come up with new concepts.
We encourage you to be as innovative as possible in your design. Please don’t feel limited by your access to materials, as the selected design teams from Round I will receive a package with all necessary hardware and materials in order to actually build their sensors.
The TAHMO Sensor Design Competition is the first step towards building a TAHMO community. For TAHMO to be successful, local knowledge and expertise are absolutely essential. As the project is in the initial phase, many facets must still be addressed before we can actually start designing and building the weather station network. We therefore encourage everyone that is interested in TAHMO to join our community and join discussions on TAHMO-related topics. Our community is on Facebook and LinkedIn. All support is welcome. Together we can make TAHMO work!
In West Africa the rainy season regularly has a false start; the rain often falls when the actual rainy season has not yet started. Sometimes the start of the actual rainy season will even kick off a couple of weeks after the first rainfalls. Many farmers plant seeds immediately after the first rainfall in order to maximize their profit in the rainy season. However, if the regular rains are delayed, they suffer a lot of damage and need to replant their seeds (sometimes they have to replant their seeds up to 3x). While this happens in various countries in West Africa, this project focuses specifically on Ghana. In West Africa, the real rainy season coincides with a northward jump of the Inter –Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). With simulations, fed by ground and satellite observations, it is possible to accurately determine whether the ITCZ has indeed shifted and thus whether the actual rainy season has started. Such information has a lot of value for farmers since this can reduce a significant amount of extra costs. TAHMO, a Dutch social enterprise, can by means of innovative TAHMO weather stations and satellite data, identify the ITCZ and therefore supply valuable information to farmers. While it is certain that such services are of high value it is less certain how these services can commercially be viable for TAHMO and partners. This study has the aim to identify the market opportunities and financial feasibility for this service in Ghana.
Rwanda is a country, in sub-Saharan Africa, with a surface area equal to about half of the Netherlands and a population of about 12 million people. With an ever increasing population growth, the demand for food is increasing while the amount of available land is becoming scarcer. Thus creating a need for the existing agricultural practices to become more efficient. The current state is that Rwandan farmers do not have access to information that will encourage them to make smarter decisions. This project focuses on delivering required information services to the farmers that in order to reduce one of the most important risks with regards to food security in Rwanda: late blight (disease for potatoes and tomatoes). TAHMO has received this feasibility study to discover if such services are commercially viable.
The gateway to water, weather and climate data in Africa: HydroNET. A blog by @RianneGiesen
Three new TWIGA blogs are online!
1. A look behind the scene (of project management)
2. Improper waste management caused floods
3. Low-cost GPS for rain forecasts