This week, we’ll talk about a unique project that can help thousands of farmers in Bangladesh withstand climate change. We introduce you to WATERAPPscale, an upgrade of the WATERAPPS information services — an initiative to help farmers get accurate information about weather services.
Let’s start with why WATERAPPscale could be so useful for farmers?
To understand this, we need to know the social and geographical dynamics of Bangladesh.
Rivers are the spirit of Bangladesh. They are the lifeline to communities, and source of fresh water and fertile soil for agricultural production. However, these communities and their lands are challenged by warmer temperatures, intense storms, and rising sea levels. Increasing food demand is adding to the problem.
How can we ensure adequate food supply for the growing population? How can communities reduce their vulnerability to extreme weather conditions and maximise agricultural productivity?
WATERAPPS was started in Khulna as a research project that developed climate information services for the smallholder farmers, who play a key role in the global food supply. In the WATERAPPS research, farmers initiated ‘weather clubs’. These are informal arrangements that bring together scientists, farmers, and agricultural officers. They share information about weather and climate forecasts, and how to better adapt to the changing conditions. The WATERAPPS research was completed in 2021. It has shown that a combination of scientific knowledge and community knowledge leads to tangible results.
The success of WATERAPPS has led to the launch of WATERAPPscale. It is an attempt to upscale WATERAPPS information services throughout Bangladesh. This upgrade has the potential to bring positive changes in the lives of thousands of farmers in Bangladesh with knowledge dissemination.