Climate resilience in agriculture

Digital solutions for climate resilience in agriculture

Globally, smallholder farmers and other agricultural value chain actors are under increasing pressure to adapt to climate change. Digital tools enable a range of critical services to increase climate resilience of agricultural communities and the wider sector.

GSMA AgriTech works with mobile operators and climate service providers around the globe to research, understand, test and scale operational and business models for digitally-enabled climate resilience solutions. We support a variety of climate resilience services from weather forecasts and agroclimatic advisory delivered via mobile phones, to IoT enabled data-driven tools and financial services such as agricultural insurance.

Latest resources on the use of digital tools for climate resilience

Image of report cover, showing rainfall on cropsEnabling climate services through mobile network operator data

Our new report outlines the opportunity of CML rainfall observation to build the climate resilience of rural populations.
Data-driven advisory services for climate-smart smallholder agriculture image Data-driven advisory services for climate-smart smallholder agriculture


This report investigates the potential for private DDAS to scale-up CSA practices among smallholder farmers.

Exploring opportunities for climate services in Papua New Guinea with Digicel


Our new report explores and analyses how existing mobile infrastructure presents a unique opportunity for near real-time rainfall observation, and how these observations can improve weather and climate services in PNG.

Digital innovation for climate resilient agriculture


This report highlights the potential of digital services to strengthen the climate resilience of smallholder farmers, and focuses on how MNO assets – including rainfall observations from mobile networks – can be used to localise and scale these services.

Agricultural insurance for smallholder farmers: Digital innovations for scale


Globally, less than 20% of smallholder farmers in LMICs are insured.

Find out about how digitising key components of a traditional insurance model presents an opportunity to deliver insurance at scale and make farmers resilient to climate change.

Mobile technology for rural climate resilience: The role of mobile operators in bridging the data gap


Mobile operators have key data and assets to strengthen the climate resilience of smallholder farmers.

This includes Commercial Microwave Links (CML) data that can be used for rainfall monitoring, IoT solutions such as weather sensors co-located at base stations and Location Based Services (LBS). This study explores emerging technologies and operational models that generate and use this mobile operator data for climate resilience services.

Rainfall monitoring through mobile technology in Sri Lanka


In 2019, Dialog Sri Lanka in partnership with GSMA AgriTech, Wageningen University and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, piloted the use of Commercial Microwave Links (CMLs) for rainfall monitoring. Learn how Dialog is looking to use CML data to improve its portfolio of services for the rural market.

Blogs about digital tools and climate resilience

Image of female farmer using mobile phone and logos of GIZ and BMZThe GSMA AgriTech Accelerator: Supporting the growth and scale of digital agriculture service

The GSMA AgriTech Accelerator (‘the Accelerator’), launched on 1 December, 2022, aims to support and fast-track the growth of innovative, revenue-generating digital agriculture solutions
COP26 highlights the need to transform smallholder agriculture: Can digital solutions be an enabler?

Smallholder agriculture is one of the most vulnerable sectors to the impacts of climate change, as well as a small but not insignificant source of GHG emissions. Transformative innovation is needed for this sector to thrive in the face of the current climate challenge.