Vulnerable farmers in sub-Saharan Africa have to contend with multiple threats to their livelihoods, but thanks to a collaboration between technology providers and one innovative NGO, their crops are now much safer.
A Better Life through Big Data
“Because of the increased income from my farm, my kids can now go to a better school and the life at home has improved because I can provide the basic needs for my family,” Walter Wafula, a farmer in Kenya, told the BBC. Wafula is one of approximately 2,000 farmers currently using the system.
PRISE uses computational and modeling processes to work with disparate data sets. This is done on “JASMIN,” a supercomputer located in Oxfordshire, England that analyzes data streams and issues a pest forecast each week.
Contributors to PRISE include King’s College London, UK Space Agency, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, and the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Centre for Environmental Data Analysis. It was through STFC that Quobyte got involved, supplying the software storage infrastructure for JASMIN to ensure the environment can support the data-heavy workflow and present a timely forecast.
Quobyte is sincerely grateful to our colleagues at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory for the opportunity to collaborate on this project that has demonstrably improved the lives of thousands of people, and will do so for years to come.