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TomorrowNow Secures $5 Million to Impact 20 Million Farmers in Africa With Weather and Climate Data Services

TomorrowNow, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing climate resilience in Africa, has secured an additional $5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

This funding will expand the organization’s anchor program, Osiris, which aims to foster and unlock advanced weather and climate data services across the continent.

In 2021, TomorrowNow received a $2 million grant from the Gates Foundation to assist one million African farmers in adapting to climate change.

This initiative demonstrated that enhanced access to localized weather information is crucial for applications within the food system, as much as the quality and precision of the data itself.

With this additional funding, TomorrowNow aims to impact 20 million smallholder farmers over the next three years.

The organization will deliver value-added weather intelligence services across Africa to research organizations, non-profit organizations (NGOs), multilateral organizations, private service providers, farmer cooperatives, and government agencies serving Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs).

The Osiris project utilizes improved historical datasets, observations, and short-term and seasonal weather forecasts from global technology companies such as, Salient Predictions, and Arable.

Additionally, it collaborates closely with local government entities and private or non-governmental partners to transform agricultural practices significantly within the region.

The initiative also aims to make next-generation weather and climate information accessible to frontline organizations that support farmers and scientists who are pioneering innovations for the food system.

This enhanced accessibility will improve crop simulation for climate-resilient seed breeding and contribute to the adoption of regenerative farming practices.

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