Tracking the Impact of Climate Anomalies
PARTNERS: World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
PROGRAMME AREA: Climate & Resilience
LAB: Pulse Lab Jakarta
In Indonesia, the most recent occurrence of El Niño impacted 84 districts across the country, affecting more than just the 22 million who directly rely on agricultural production in those areas.
In response, Pulse Lab Jakarta teamed up with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to develop an analytics and visualization platform called Vulnerability Analysis Monitoring Platform for Impact of Regional Events which identifies priority areas directly or indirectly affected by the impacts of El Niño, such as droughts and increases in food prices.
The tool is a multi-tier system that fuses several databases into three layers:
- The baseline layer shows the percentage and distribution of the poor, agriculture-dependant populations as well as of the communities at risk of food insecurity.
- The climate layer presents the amount of rainfall in a period compared to the long-term average for that time of year as well as information on vegetation health.
- The impact layer displays correlations between the previous layers and identifies priority areas for support programmes based on economic vulnerability and exposure to drought. There is also an option to track the prices for staple foods, to see if there is a spike in prices coinciding with increased vulnerability to drought.