The Dutch Ambassador in Rwanda visited SWC-TAHMO stand
From 22nd-25th June 2017, Severe Weather Consult and Trans-Africa Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) joined Holland pavilion in which Dutch agricultural companies and organizations, active and interested in Rwanda, exhibited their products, experience, technologies and knowledge.
It was during the 12th National Agriculture show, a yearly event organize by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) to exhibit innovations and best practices in the agriculture sector. The event took place 22nd - 27th June 2017 at Mulindi, Gasabo/Ground Show.
The Ministry considers the event as a platform that brings exhibitors and visitors together exchange information, experiences, technologies and identify business opportunities. The theme for the 12th AGRISHOW was: ''adopt climate resilient technologies to improve farmer livelihoods''.
The show was a great occasion for SWC to present its innovative weather monitoring platform ''iHewa'', that issues alerts on extreme weather conditions such as floods and lightning, and provide useful weather information and advisory services to farmers. SWC shared it's progress towards offering weather information, predictions and alerts to farmers via phone via SMS, voice messaging, USSD code system, app-based system.
In partnership with Meteo-Rwanda, SWC has managed to map and identify places where TAHMO ground stations will be installed, weather information system architecture was designed and ready to be integrated with data from weather stations.
SWC made new contacts who are interested in our services. Our stand received huge traffic range from farmers, business entities, banks, insurance companies, Government and Diplomatic senior officials who appreciated SWC services. Many of them expressed interests in developing joint collaboration and partnership in capacity building, training in weather information services in agriculture and livestock management and crop insurance.
Severe Weather Consult, created and registered in 2015, is a Rwandan social enterprise aims to develop quality, and sustainable weather products that are easy to access mitigates climate-related risks and positively impact people’s lives. SWC is partnering with Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), Trans-Africa-Hydro-meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) and Rwanda Meteorology Agency (Meteo Rwanda).