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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

January 8, 2021


DISDRO IN KENYA


In Narok, Kenya there is a unique network of rain sensors on experiment. We call it the  Disdro Network – a network of some acoustic devices that measures distribution and intensity of rainfall.


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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

December 11, 2020


Using drones to get insight into field-scale moisture status


Within the TWIGA project, a student from Wageningen University, Kim Faassen, took up an internship with FutureWater to complete her MSc..


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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

December 4, 2020


UNIVERSAL AND INCLUSIVE ACCESS TO GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION FOR INCREASED PRODUCTION AND PRODUCTIVITY IN AGRICULTURE AND WATER


There is a lot of attention for digitalisation for rural development (see for example the IT4D publication), however the....


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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

November 27, 2020


Coping with ionospheric disturbances in sub-Saharan Africa for GNSS meteorological applications


At the end of 2019, TWIGA shipped 6 low-cost GPS stations to Uganda. These were deployed in and around Kampala...


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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

November 20, 2020


Transboundary Water Management made easier using the TWIGA platform


Currently, only around 58% of Africans have access to safe drinking water. More than 90% of African fresh water...



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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

October 30, 2020


CHASING NEUTRONS: A story that starts in the deep cosmos and ends in a field near you


In the TWIGA proposal, we included one technology that was at the lowest Technology Readiness Level (TRL1). This was


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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers
TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers
TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

September 17, 2020


Water vapor maps from the integration of GNSS measurements, SAR satellite images and NWP models


Copernicus Sentinel-1 SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) acquisitions allow for the..


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October 09, 2020


TWIGA - HydroNET INTEGRATION


Embracing current and emergent technologies has never been enough in resolving local challenges within our communities. Most often than not, the traditional...


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September 04, 2020


FAO AQUACROP IN TWIGA


Crop simulation models are widely used by scientists, policy-makers and practitioners to understand the response of crop yield to variables.....


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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers
TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers
TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

August 02, 2020


ENVIRONMENTAL ACCOUNTING, ON THE DASHBOARD OR IN THE TRUNK?


Fortunately, the attention for environmental accounting and ecosystem accounting is growing. We need more systems for inclusive


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August 28, 2020


VEGETATION MONITORING (VegMon)


TWIGA acknowledges the important role of vegetation in the hydrological cycle. The vegetation monitoring is being done to monitor growth in the rainy and the dry ......


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July 24, 2020


THE POWER of the TWIGA PARTNERSHIP


Within the TWIGA project a broad variety of partners from Europa and Africa are involved. The TWIGA team has applied the award...


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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers
TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers
TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

June 26, 2020


FIELD WORK ALTERNATIVES DURING COVID-19


Towards the end of 2019, a good number of students at TU Delft were eager to travel to Africa for TWIGA field work in what we call ...


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July 17, 2020


TOWARDS NEAR REAL TIME ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR MONITORING IN AFRICA


Water vapour content of the atmosphere lowest layer (up to about 15 km from the ground), which...

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May 22, 2020


GNSS DEPLOYMENT IN UGANDA


Objective 4 of the TWIGA project aims to Improve predictability and assessment of African rainfall by mapping perceptible water vapour and tracking convective storm systems.


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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers
TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers
TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

May 8, 2020


HOW TWIGA DATA IMPACTS FARMERS IN KENYA & GHANA


Within TWIGA we work closely with local communities and farmers for which we aim to provide data and model output (information) that can assist them for farming or marketing.


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May 15, 2020


HOW WATER VAPOUR OBSERVATIONS ENTER IN THE HEAVY RAIN PHENOMMENA PREDICTION MACHINERY


Weather predictaions are challenging under many aspects. Nowadays, we have numerical weather predicti.....


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April 30, 2020

COMBINING SENTINEL-1 and -2 WIT IN-SITU DATA TO PROVIDE TIME SERIES OF SOIL MOISTURE MAPS AT REGIONALSCALE IN GHANA


Sub-Saharian African agriculture is perceived as a high-risk activity as is mainly rainfall-
dependent and climate variability is increasing.


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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers
TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers
TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

March 27, 2020


CO-DESIGN IN TIMES OF CORONA


One of the few positive points of the Corona-crisis is that it provides an opportunity for reflection. For me this included looking at the design considerations applied ages ago and the ones....

 

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April 24, 2020

HOW COVID-19 IS AFFECTING TAHMO's WORK IN KENYA


With the global COVID-19 pandemic, activities have been highly slowed down. However, Victor in Kenya is trying to keep things moving. Being a field engineer...



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March 20, 2020


FIRST TWIGA GPS NETWORK DEPLOYED IN UGANDA


TWIGA successfully established the first low-cost GNSS network in Africa, that will be used to continuously measure the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere....


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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers
TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers
TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

Feburary 21, 2020


SMARTPHONES INDESPENSIBLE TOOLS FOR FLOOD ABATEMENT.


Flood events in Kumasi, the second biggest and fastest growing city in Ghana, are becoming more frequent

 

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March 13, 2020

TWIGA BRINGS GEO-INFORMATION ON WEATHER, WATER AND CLIMATE TOGETHER IN ONE PLATFORM


Climate change results in more extreme weather events with a great influence on water management in ....


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January 10, 2020


WATER VAPOR MAPS FROM SPACEBORNE RADAR: FIRST AFRICAN EXPERIMENTS.


The prediction of rainfall is a critical issue in several African countries.

 

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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

November 10, 2019


IMPROVING WEATHER INDEX INSURANCE FOR SMALL-HOLDER FARMERS IN GHANA


Agriculture in the Sub-Saharan African countries (including Ghana) is mainly rain-fed

 

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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

November 8, 2019


EFFECTIVE TRANSNATIONAL CATHMENT MANAGEMENT


However, in order to establish agreements and to monitor the compliance to the agreements..


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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

October 14, 2019


WEATHER FORECASTING FOR AGRICULTURE IN AFRICA, THE BUSINESS CASE?


Weather information is a priority for farmers, whether they use irrigation or not.


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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

September 19, 2019


Farmers see where the satellite is blind


Satellite data for West Africa is still struggling with local climate and farming practices.



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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

August 13, 2019


User requirements for sustainable South African Water Management

Information needs and requirements for water managers in South Africa.



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TWIGA insurance in Africa vulnerability farmers

June 06, 2019


Transforming Agricultural Insurance in Africa

A forum on reducing farmers risk to climate vulnerability.



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