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Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world. Rwanda is a country who has trees which produce high quality coffee and has remained one of the most important crops in the country’s agricultural landscapes. However, changes in climate such as heavy rainfall can cause a disease called Hemileia Vastatrix, or coffee rust, which has devastating effects on the crops, and consequentially its yield.
WeatherSafe have created the WeatherSafe ‘Coffee Farmer Edition’ mobile application. They have recently developed new links with Rwandan government to implement their innovative idea to help save the Rwandan economy, which is still largely based on agriculture.
Using data architecture which has been researched by ESA, WeatherSafe Ltd use hyper-local weather forecasting methods to alert farmers of potential breaks in rain and any diseases that might occur. Being only 26,338 km² in size, Rwanda is a manageable size for using this satellite data. The sensitivity of this prediction enables the forecast to be tailored to each farmer to enable farmers to make the best decisions for their crops to speed up their move from being subsidence farmers to professional.