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Senegal: Text messages provide weather forecasts for farmers

By Emmanuelle Landais

In Senegal a good rainy season has been forecast to start soon with lots of rain. But any extreme weather patterns will be communicated directly by SMS to people in the farming community. Erratic weather linked to climate change means traditional ways of predicting rain are totally skewed. The collaboration between metereologists and farmers in Senegal has been perfected over the last 5 years and today, farmers rely on their mobile phones to get the most from their crops.

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