TWIGA

SUMMARY:

Transforming Weather Water data into value-added Information services for sustainable Growth in Africa (TWIGA), is a four-year collaborative project funded under the EU Horizon 2020.

TWIGA aims to provide actionable geo-information on weather, water, and climate in Africa through innovative combinations of new in situ sensors and satellite-based geo-data. With the foreseen new services, TWIGA expects to reach twelve million people within the four years of the project, based on sustainable business models. The TWIGA consortium comprises seven research organisations, nine SMEs and two government organisations. In addition, it uses a network of 500 ground weather stations in Africa, providing ready-to-use technical infrastructure.

Twiga’ is the Swahili word for ‘giraffe’, a keen observer of the African landscape. TWIGA aims to provide actionable geo-information on weather, water, and climate in Africa through innovative combinations of new in situ sensors and satellite-based geo-data. With the foreseen new services, TWIGA expects to reach twelve million people within the four years of the project, based on sustainable business models.

HiView works in close collaboration with FutureWater to map crop conditions, flood extent, and energy fluxes by deploying Flying Sensors. This complements data obtained from in situ sensors and satellites. Most operations take place in Kenya and Ghana.