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March 10, 2017

The effects of climate change are more and more clear and even worrying in some parts of the Pacific Islands. Herman P. Semes observes the challenge of climate variability and change every day. Chief of Pohsoain, a farming community of 80 inhabitants located on the Pohnpei Island of the Federated States of Micronesia, Semes believes livelihoods can be improved with new knowledge. “We grew up knowing that during the year, there are times when there is going to be rainy season followed by sunny season but, as times went on, we began to see changes in the weather. For example, we used to have the eastern trade winds coming during the month of November each year and now it is being delayed to December, January, and the strength of the wind is stronger. In Pohnpei, the weather these days is very unpredictable,” says the Chief of Pohsoain.

The big wins of open data for agriculture and nutrition

A new CTA video explains the potential benefits of open data for agricultural and rural development

February 16, 2017

This 10 minutes-long video provides an overview of the big wins in open data for agriculture and nutrition and the steps to deliver them. It also explains who can benefit from open data. For instance, giving smallholder farmers access to reliable data can translate into higher productivity, greater access to markets and better nutrition. Data can also be key to building support among policy makers for initiatives on food and nutrition security.

December 7, 2016

We often tell you about training events in these web articles, but we don’t always get the chance to report on the work done by our partners who attend them. Reporting was, in fact, the focus of one recent course, through which CTA trained journalists to better access good-quality open data to inform their articles. So in the spirit of good reporting, we are pleased to share some of the excellent journalism that has already come out of this group.