Using sensor network and weather data to inform irrigation planning and water management

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INTRO

Climate change is increasingly threatening agriculture around the world, including in Egypt, where UNDP set out to address the problem through data innovation, in collaboration with the Faculty of Computers and Information at Cairo University. The challenge to farmers, and the lack of data, comes from unexpected shifts in rainfall and planting seasons. Most agricultural producers rely on historic data, which is increasingly unreliable in a shifting climate. In order to create a predictive model, UNDP Egypt established two sources: data from the sensors network Central Laboratory for Agricultural Climate, and local and international weather station data, a combination that proved to reveal insights for decision-makers in the area of water management.

SDGs

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Methodolgies

New and Emerging Data

Countries

Egypt

Funded

Yes

Start Date

2016

End Date

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MULTIMEDIA

Partners

Cairo University

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