Akingakin Akamu CBO

Team Leader

Rugar Rono


New initiative (start up)

Smart Weather Community (m-SWECO) is an initiative that uses mobile technology to provide context-specific and location-based climate and weather information to pastoral and agro-pastoral communities, non-governmental organisations that support growth of pastoral economy, government departments that provide extension services to pastoralists and insurance agencies that work with farmers on climate change in Turkana County. m-SWECO seeks to take advantage of mobile SMS/Application which requires potential users to pay pocket-friendly subscription charges to share climate information in their locality while at the same time receiving synthesised, instant weather information through their phones. m-SWECO also provides a platform for users to share their experiences on climate change; receive up-to-date information on weather data to help them plan their land preparation, seed varieties and where to find them, planting, harvesting, storage, marketing and pasture and water preservation and utilisation. This information is tailored and designed in native language (Ng’aturkana) that the locals can interpret and understand hence creating meaning for their ecosystem. This initiative uses SMS and mobile phone application, local radio station that broadcasts in vernacular to convey weather and climate information.

Target Counties: Turkana

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