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ICT use to boost Papua New Guinea's agriculture sector

Pietro Aldobrandini's picture

Papua New Guinea is a developing country that is prone to natural disasters and the effects of climate change affect the country’s 87% of the rural population (World Bank, 2015) who depend heavily on agriculture. With food security and a cash economy at stake, a recent talk has placed Papua New Guinea among a group of countries to take part in the use of ICT to help boost agriculture. Reports have shown that extreme weather events attributed to climate change such as heavy rains, droughts, floods etc. have the potential to affect thousands, if not millions of people that take part in agriculture in the developing nations, who according to World Bank (2015) make up about half of the world’s population.

Under the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)’s Global Framework of Climate Services (GFSC) the AgriMet Department of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has devised an elaborate system to help farmers in India with timely weather-based crop advisories to plan the agricultural cycle. This system, which sees extensive usage of ICT, will be replicated for use in Papua New Guinea including other developing countries across the world – a global initiative by WMO to help the agricultural sector deal with the threat of climate change in developing nations.

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