A Jamaican-designed app that connects farmers to markets and helps them to plan their planting season has won funding from an investor after being shortlisted for the finals of the CTA Hackathon on Climate Smart Agriculture.
Called RevoFarm, the app was developed by a team of three young Jamaicans and was one of eight finalists in the contest, jointly organised by CTA, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the International Potato Center (CIP).
The hackathon was open to young people from Latin America and the Caribbean and was timed to coincide with the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Lima, Peru, December 2014.
Teams were asked to develop an app that would provide practical help to small-scale farmers facing climate change. The challenge posed to contestants was to develop ways of turning existing data on climate-smart agriculture into an easy-to-use product that would enable farmers to manage climate variability, reducing the risk of crop failure and obtaining better yields.
“We should be looking at ICT opportunities to address climate change challenges for farmers,” said Oluyede Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator, Agriculture and Rural Development Policy at CTA. “A great deal of information on climate-smart agriculture is available, but it needs to be converted into a simple format that can be used by farmers.”
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