Small-scale farmers are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. With the effects of climate change| they face many challenges including lack of access to traditional markets for their goods| agricultural inputs and finance. Information can help lift farmers and their families out of poverty. Banking on the availability of affordable smartphones our initiative (C.I.M.A) is a mobile application that will be able to provide local farmers with timely and relevant climate information to better help them adapt to climate change, build resilience and achieve sustainable livelihoods. We plan to offer an interactive interface with weather icons that are easily identifiable and provide farmers with:
• Notifications on prevailing weather patterns| advisory alerts and best farming practices.
• Smallholder farmers have generation’s worth of farming knowledge to share. Crowd-sourced answers from other farmers around their vicinity within minutes of similar problems they might be facing. Localized weather forecast for a given duration giving farmers details like temperature, rainfall and wind speeds.
• Define a set of alarms for the various crops planted.
• Facilitate translation of climate information from English to local dialects via linking through a language database. Thus complement the work of extension workers in providing advisory services relating to soils, climate and crops to be grown by rural farmers.
• Create awareness and sensitize the agricultural extension officers and contact farmers in Counties in Kenya about the C.I.M.A mobile app technology and its potentials.
• Providing knowledge and information on soil and climate through a mobile phone which then enables farmers take decision on the most suitable crop for any given piece of land and under the prevailing climatic conditions. Build the capacity of farmers in the selected counties to effectively deploy the CIMA mobile app for agricultural production, land use planning and climate change resilience. In the process form partnerships between communities, innovators and climate science providers enable learning and knowledge sharing. In the long run help vulnerable people in Kenya tackle current as well as future climate risks.