Organization

Pawa Farm Innovation

Team Leader

Sam Owilly

Initiative

New initiative (start up)

Pawa Farm System is an innovative virtual agro-weather advisory platform that seeks to provide timely, relevant, location-specific and usable weather and climate information to farmers. The information includes agronomic advisories modelled in line with the projected weather/climate conditions to enable farmers to make informed decisions and improve farm management even under conditions of climate risk. The system provides farmers with a robust knowledge and information sharing platform to improve access to weather/climate information and agricultural knowledge to adopt climate smart agricultural practices. Pawa Farm system forms the nucleus of compatible and responsive adaptation and resilience practices. Through channeling out timely and reliable climate information, the system bridges the awareness gap which has over the years contributed to slow and in many occasions, inappropriate responses to climate hazards leading to mal-adaptation and even increased vulnerabilities. Anchoring the system on an ICT platform leverages on the expanded digital space and technological transformation in agriculture. With an estimated 98% of Kenyans owning mobile phones and the increased internet infrastructure, the choice of a virtual platform makes Pawa Farm system a relevant and important mode of transferring agro-weather information and advisories. More specifically, the various virtual options offered through the system: Short Messaging Services based on USSD technology, Online Gateway and Geographical Information Systems provide a range of options to the different categories of users including farmers with most basic phones.

Target Counties: Makueni

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