Farming is all about knowing the weather
Imagine life without weather data. Commercial aviation would cease. Forecasting extreme weather events would be impossible. Emergency response systems would be unprepared for natural disasters. Flood and crop insurance wouldn’t exist. Even planning your weekend activities would be harder.
Today, weather data improve the lives of many people. But, there are still parts of the globe where weather monitoring doesn't exist. That is exactly the case across much of the African continent.
The Trans-African HydroMeteorological Observatory (TAHMO) initiative seeks to install and operate 20,000 weather stations in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Smart farming becomes more and more important: In the upcoming century, world population will reach 9.7 billion people by 2050. We will need to produce more food - and for that, we desperately need more and better farming.
The TAHMO initiative supports World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Resolutions 40 and 25 by giving free access to raw weather data for scientific research and government use.
- The first TAHMO weather station was installed in 2012.
- To date, TAHMO has installed 105 weather stations in Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda.
- The majority of weather stations are being installed at local schools where teachers are using the data in their classroom lessons.
- Funding has been provided by USAID, Swedish Aid, Dutch Aid, European Union, IBM, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
The ATMOS 41 weather station brings data to African farmers. METER packages 12 weather sensors into a single, compact device. So, installation and maintenance have been simplified to the maximum.
Do you want to be involved in this ambitious program besides running or cycling? Would you like to contribute your ideas and efforts to this multi-dimensional initiative? TAHMO is always looking for new people to get involved.
"We have to increase food production globally by 70%.
Weather data would give African farmers the information they need to make real gains in crop production."