Monday June 3, 2024

GSMA Innovation Fund Start-ups: BKK

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In Pakistan, 8.2 million smallholder farmers are striving to fulfill basic food and nutrition needs of the population. However, due to the scarcity of weather data stations and high-quality weather data, farmers lack the necessary information for efficient decision-making and disaster management. This has undermined food security and rendered poor communities, especially farmers, more susceptible to the impacts of climate change.

GSMA Innovation Fund start-up BaKhabar Kissan (BKK) operates a network of weather stations providing hyperlocal weather information, enabling access to agricultural expertise through digital platforms in Pakistan.

BKK’s platform provides access to various services, including weather information and agricultural expertise on the latest pesticides and better farming methods. The GSMA supported BKK to enhance their digital weather platform and provide farmers with real-time, hyperlocal weather information. They were able to disseminate information related to agriculture and livestock practices to enhance the resilience of farmers to climate change-induced weather impacts. Their platform also provides access to agriculture and weather experts who can help farmers learn and adapt to new farming techniques.

BKK is one of the start-ups supported by the GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation, which was launched in 2022. This initiative is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is supported by the GSMA and its members.

Learn more about the GSMA Innovation Fund here.

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