How Open Data can help Indian farmers adapt to climate change

plant protection drone 3802183 640Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), an initiative supported by the UK, US, Dutch government, UN and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which uses Open Data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to address global food security

Regarding a new Academic Paper that highlights how Open Data can help Indian farmers adapt to climate change, André Laperrière, CEO of GODAN, said, “The recent academic paper recommending that the Indian government and other policymakers consider improving technology to help farmers and the agricultural industry adapt to difficult climate changes emphasises the need for Open Data in the country.

“The paper, presented at North East Universities Development Consortium by Vis Taraz at Smith College highlights the urgency of adopting technology to help farmers in the face of a changing climate,” Laperrière noted.

“Climate change will seriously harm production and leave millions without the right food and nutrition, and so it is essential to ensure that the Indian agricultural sector is well equipped to adapt to changing temperatures. In promoting Open Data usage through making use of accessible weather data, policymakers can enable farmers to have more information available to them including the optimum timeframe in which to plant crops as well as times to avoid based on weather patterns,” Laperrière further added.

This should be implemented worldwide in order to ensure that production remains high and people are given the right supply of food in order to avoid unnecessary hunger and starvation. What the report has shown is how Indian farmers can benefit from an access to Open Data, implementing innovative farming methods to adapt to changing temperatures based on the information accessible to them.

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