UN Global Pulse and the World Food Programme (WFP) recently developed a tool that can help gain insights on the extent of drought-affected areas, the impacts on food prices and the resilience of affected populations throughout Indonesia.
This is a post by Anthea Webb, Representative and Country Director at the World Food Programme in Indonesia, and Derval Usher, Manager of Pulse Lab Jakarta.
Using detailed real-time information to support climate affected populations
Collecting data on rainfall anomalies and food security is not a new or unique activity for governments. However, the platform adds value by dramatically reducing the time required to bring this information together and visualize it in high-resolution and in near real-time.
The system can be further improved by integrating additional data sources and features. For example, mobile phone data could be used to provide information on the movement of people affected by climate events. Text message alerts could be incorporated to notify affected populations, such as farmers, of climate related threats.