TomorrowNow and the Homa Bay County government have launched a new partnership to provide actionable weather information to smallholder farmers in Homa Bay County.
Homa Bay, Kenya – Homa Bay County and TomorrowNow announce a partnership to support the officially launched Homa Bay Climate Information Services Center on 19th October, 2023 to facilitate the provision of weather forecasts to farmers (smallholders who do not own smartphones).
“I welcome the TomorrowNow-KALRO partnership to power our newly-launched Homa Bay County Climate Information Services Platform aimed at delivering actionable weather insights to our local farmers who are at the frontlines of adverse climate change effects” – H.E Gladys Wanga, Governor, Homa Bay County.
The Homabay Climate Information Services Center features a toll free call center to capture farmer feedback about their need and utilization of weather intelligence.
Homa Bay County and TomorrowNow will partner to leverage the capabilities built through the TomorrowNow and the Kenya Agricultural and Research Organization (KALRO) partnership that has so far linked 500k+ smallholder farmers in Kenya with next-generation weather intelligence.
The goal of the partnership is to power the county’s climate information services platform by providing improved weather data (7-day forecasts) in the form of Digital Climate Advisory Services (DCAS) to support farmers during the October-December farming season.
The partnership will produce a customized version of the Kenya Agricultural Observatory Platform (an integrated online platform that uses geo-data from satellites to generate real-time and location-specific agro- advisories to farmers and other stakeholders) that’s tailored for Homa Bay County with the ultimate goal of demonstrating the power of public-NGO partnerships to help at-risk farmers become weather-informed and climate resilient.
“TomorrowNow is more than honored to play an active role in enabling the newly-launched Homa Bay County Climate Information Services Platform serve the great people of Homa Bay County. This is a testament to our commitment as a visionary non profit to innovatively leverage next generation weather and climate solutions to help at-risk communities better adapt to climate change” – Asiedua Amoah, Managing Director, TomorrowNow.org