TomorrowNow participated in a co-design workshop convened by Niche Project partners in Kigali and Nairobi.
East Africa – TomorrowNow.org joined Regrow Ag & partners including University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NASA Harvest & One Acre Fund in Kigali and Nairobi for the Niche User Innovation Design & Feedback Workshop deep dive sessions into the Niche Project led by Regrow & funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
We learned from the workshop conveners and participants that high-quality weather data can make a significant difference in the outcomes of crop variety placement and ultimately contribute to inclusive local climate adaptation.
Our Director of Climate Resilience Philip Frost used the opportunity to highlight the progress that TomorrowNow.org has made through Project Osiris to understand the weather & climate data needs of seed breeding programs in East Africa, conduct data validation studies, as well as develop key weather/climate technologies as key inputs within seed breeding services & agro-climate modeling applications.
Weather data is an important contributor to climate adaptation solutions including crop modeling, which is why TomorrowNow.org & partners including Tomorrow.io, Salient Predictions, Regen Organics and the Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), are focused on promoting the adoption of next gen weather innovations by key stakeholders and communities at the front lines of climate change.
We continue to leverage expertise in data bias correction & validation in ensuring that the weather & climate data provided to seed breeders & crop modelers takes into account aspects such as elevation variation to ensure its quality, relevance and usefulness.
“We have been working very closely with the Niche Project by providing them with historical reanalysis weather data. Our participation at their workshop provided a clearer understanding about how TomorrowNow is going to continue supporting Regrow’s work ensuring better crop simulation modeling within East Africa”
– Philip Frost, Director of Climate Resilience, TomorrowNow.org.