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Kukua weather station launches on campus

MBA student Tom Vanneste, chose International Earth Day (22 April) to unveil Kukua - a weather station set up to help smallholder farmers in Africa combat climate change.

Tom explains:

“Kukua provides accurate weather forecasting data to rural farmers in Africa through the establishment of a network of internet connected and solar powered weather stations.”

“Traditional weather knowledge, reliable for centuries, has been rendered useless due to the impact of climate change on weather patterns. Smallholder farmers are now making farming decisions without confidence in what the weather will be like tomorrow, the day after, and next week.”

“Kukua weather stations have been designed to use the latest technology, big data, and smart partnerships to collect accurate weather data. In partnership with a forecasting company, Kukua generates precise weather predictions, which are shared with farmers via SMS message. The information provided by Kukua increases farmers’ resilience to climate change.”

“Our vision is to expand Kukua across Africa and develop products that could improve the livelihoods and food security of even more smallholder farmers.”

The unveiling of Kukua at LBS is a major milestone and comes one year after the MBA student’s participation in London Business School’s Global Social Venture Competition, which was the catalyst for the venture.

Data from the London Business School Kukua weather station is now available in near real time online.