Isabela farmers get harvest boost with Smarter Agriculture

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agri Gathering more than 100 participants, the workshop increased the awareness of farmers and agricultural technicians in Isabela province to the impacts of climate change and El Ni?o and explained how the FDSS will work and benefit farmers. “We hope to make farming practices efficient and more resilient to the changing climate. By integrating information from our key partners and by leveraging Analytics and Mobile technologies of IBM, farmers can access information and use cutting-edge tools to maximize field potential,” said Edgardo Tongson, program director of the Abuan Integrated Watershed Management Program (AIWMP). The AIWMP is a grant project implemented by the US Embassy Manila?s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) together with WWF-Philippines.? It is a five-year project that works to enhance the resilience of farming communities in the Abuan Watershed to climate change impacts through increased use of climate data in agricultural practices. Under the program?s Smarter Agriculture component, the FDSS is being developed in partnership with IBM, the Isabela State University (ISU), and University of the Philippines – Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (UP-IESM).? Using its analytics or data analysis tools, IBM leads the development of the FDSS and builds a data storage for information on rainfall, temperature, humidity, wind speed, soil moisture, and crop yields generated by a network of sensors in Isabela.? ISU, UP-IESM, and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) serve as sources of agricultural studies and weather and climate forecasts that feed into the FDSS?s crop modelling tool. Once in place, the FDSS will provide users with location-specific advisories on the best time to plant and harvest crops and the right amount of water to irrigate and fertilizer to apply in their farms.? Farmers will access information through text messages via the Smarter Agriculture SMS service, while agricultural technicians can access via the Smarter Agriculture website. In his message, Luis Pineda, IBM Philippines president and country general manager, emphasized the value of technology as an enabler of change.? “The emergence of data science through analytics and the accessibility of mobile information has tremendous benefits and will change the way we do things. By bringing modern business solutions and technologies to farmers, we are being given the chance to revolutionize agriculture,” he said. IMG_1221 Smarter Agriculture was partially made possible through the IBM Impact Grant of Services which provides consulting expertise and software designed to support educational and not-for-profit organizations in their efforts to serve communities.]]>

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