SWFF Program & Innovator News
October 30, 2017
The Database That's Fighting Drought

Rampant droughts in sub-Saharan Africa have left millions of families hungry. Unpredictable weather patterns and sporadic rainfall mean farmers can't accurately plan, and as a result crops that could feed hungry families often fail. Small-scale farmers in villages like Mbeere, Kenya aren't just losing crops - they are beginning to lose hope.
Professor Muthoni Masinde, pictured above, is a computer scientist who grew up among these farmers. She created a tool that helps farmers in Mbeere and elsewhere predict and plan for droughts. Professor Masinde's integrated both into a Drought Prediction Tool
   -    called ITIKI, or Information Technology and Indigenous Knowledge with Intelligence - uses smartphone alerts to inform farmers of upcoming droughts in familiar terms they understand.
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1001 Words

SWFF Program lead Dr. Ku McMahan and USAID representatives traveled to Uganda last week to meet with innovators at local sites. The field trip took place in Kampala, Jinja, and Mbarara. Read about the trip here.