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NCF 7: Digital Technology for Climate Change Adaptation for Burkina Faso smallholders

Photo: Ignitia
Photo: Ignitia
Photo: Ignitia
Increasing small scale farmer resilience to climate change by providing highly accurate, localized weather forecast delivered via SMS in Burkina Faso smallholders.

Burkina Faso
Digital Technology for Climate Change Adaptation for Burkina Faso
Ref: NDF C96

Nordic Partner: Ignitia AB
Local Partner: Orange Burkina Faso
Total Project Cost: EUR 641,467
NCF Financing: EUR 500,000
Agreement Signed: 25 October 2018
Project type: Adaptation
Duration: 24 months

Ignitia's mission is to empower intelligent decision making by providing custom, highly accurate weather forecasting data to small-scale farmers in Burkina Faso - allowing them to stabilize operations, mitigate risks, and maximise profits. The unique forecasting model, developed by Ignitia is twice as accurate as any other global model in West Africa and is the basis for their forecasting service called iska™. Ignitia’s forecasting service iska™ will send out a daily 48-hour weather forecast that details the likelihood, timing, and intensity of rainfall, via SMS to the Burkina population in cooperation with Orange Burkina Faso. The service also includes monthly and seasonal outlooks, which will be sent at the beginning of each month.

By accessing location data provided by Orange, Ignitia is able to send a personal, localized forecast to each Orange subscriber depending on their GPS-location. The low-cost messages are designed in a clear and simple way, to make the service accessible to farmers with low literate capabilities. In order to improve access to the iska™ service, there will be efforts on the ground to educate and increase awareness of climate change adaptation methods that can improve farmers climate resilience and allow better informed decision making.

Expected key results

  • Transmitting localized weather forecasts to 50,000 subscribers, aiming to reach a total of 285,000 indirect beneficiaries.
  • Training 1000 key community stakeholders/farmers in how to use the service and the impact of climate change.
  • Improved farmer productivity, incomes, and food security for farmers compared to the current situation (and to indirect beneficiaries such as the family members of the farmers).
  • The development of commercially sustainable and scalable technology, which is affordable and accessible for smallholder farmers.