aWhere is an agriculture intelligence platform that uses data analytics to give farmer the information needed to make decisions based upon real-time data. They collect and process over 8 billion data points daily from across the planet to produce their analytics platform. They provide this data to partners to promote farmer productivity, more resilient communities, and improved food security.Interview with representative
aWhere is a certified B Corporation since 2014.
aWhere does not publish it’s pricing structure. They work with local partners (NGO, goverment, business) on grants or partnerships.Interview with representative
NGOs, businesses or governments that support large and small scale farmers
aWhere is a SaaS (Software as a Service) application that has built out an object oriented framework that allows their application or partner’s api access to their data sets. They have built out “foundation databases” which are comprised of public or low cost data sets that are available to everyone, but they are applying their technical expertise to compile these disparate data sets together.
aWhere’s data sets are proprietary and they have existing patents for the development of the data sets.
aWhere has 400,000-500,000 small holder farmers who access their data sets through partnersInterview with representative
Disaster response, socioeconomic, migratory patterns, epidemiology, etc.
Anonymous cellular data, mobile app data collection, remote sensing, government census data, etc.
Is the code of this application open?
Is the data from this application available?
Is this data available for publishing? Subscription service (payed), publicly available, open source
What organizations/external resources is this product using to publish/analyze data (Worldpop, HDX, etc). Some companies/small organizations make use of existing companies infrastructure to upload their information to the cloud.
How can new users (Gov, companies, individual, etc) access this data for own use (api, full data export/subsets,etc)
Technical support is offered as a part of the subscription service.
End users will access support through their partners.
AWhere’s mission is “to deliver the most complete agricultural information and insight for real-time agriculture decisions, every day, globally.”
aWhere’s partners have ran field trials and have found:
Esoko in Ghana – “89% of users received at least weekly texts and found the information meaningful”
iShamba in Kenya – “The program has experienced a drop-out rate of only .45%. This is due to some polled farmers reporting yield increases of 50% and output increases of 80%, while 63% report having changed their practices thanks to the information provided by iShamba services.”
- – Statistical analysis software (Stata, R, etc.)
- – GIS software (OpenStreetMap, GeoNode, ArcGis, etc.)
While there isn’t any peer reviewed research on aWhere’s activities, their data sets are utilized in many academic papers:
Diaz R, Overholt WA, Samayoa A, Sosa F, Cordeau D, Medal J. Temperature-dependent development, cold tolerance, and potential distribution ofGratiana boliviana(Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), a biological control agent of tropical soda apple,Solanum viarum(Solanaceae). Biocontrol Science and Technology. 2008;18(2):193–207.
Mailafiya DM, Ru BPL, Kairu EW, Dupas S, Calatayud P-A. Parasitism of Lepidopterous Stem Borers in Cultivated and Natural Habitats. Journal of Insect Science. 2011;11(15):1–19.
According to their terms and conditions page aWhere is compliant with all applicable privacy and data sharing laws or regulations
Academic research and field trials
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