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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