The Latest on Kukua

Winners of the Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative

Kukua secures a grant to increase impact accross Africa and will be featured on TV Programme BBC Click

27-07-2017 We are over half way through 2017, and with this in mind the Kukua team wanted to send warm wishes and a short update to supporters, partners, customers and friends. It is with excitement that we bring you this blog post, as we have recently been selected as a winner of Microsoft's Affordable Access…

Kukua launches DfID-funded impact project in Nigeria

Leveraging local partners to research the last mile of providing weather forecasts

23-03-2017 Two members of the Kukua team recently spent two weeks in Nigeria, launching a project that will improve agricultural practices through the provision of weather information from local weather stations. Following the successful installation of stations at the end of 2016, Kukua and Propcom’s Mai-karfi programme (funded by DfID through The Palladium Group) started…

The first CEO

An update on the recruitment and transition phases, and some words from the new CEO

11-08-2016 When entering a new stage of development and growth, a startup requires a more experienced, senior executive who can take the company to a higher level. Over the past 18 months, the Kukua team has been focused on proof of concept. We feel confident that we have achieved this: our technology has been enhanced; the number of installed weather stations…

The Weather Stations Advisory Committee in Northern Nigeria

Report of the interactive session and commissioning of the weather stations advisory committee (WeSAC)

28th July, 2016 VENUE: CENTRE FOR DRYLAND AGRICULTURE, BAYERO UNIVERSITY, KANO By Dr. Julius Adewopo - IITA PREAMBLE Weather patterns are dramatically changing. The major cause of the changes is attributable to rapid industrialization and deforestation. Changes in patterns of weather variables (including Temperature, Precipitation, and Wind) have critical implications for crop production. Warmer temperatures make many…

Launching Kukua’s Most Important Micro-Service

Creating an open-source and generic method for data conversion to storable formats

ConCaVa: An Introduction This is the first part of a series of blog posts about ConCaVa. What it is and how you can use it? Let's start from the beginning.   Weather stations SODAQ, the hardware partner of Kukua, has designed and developed a low cost weather station. These devices are placed near cell towers…

First Large Nigerian Roll-Out

Laying the groundwork for a roll-out of 70 weather stations

29/04/2016 - Olivier Smeenk Three weeks ago I set off for an incredible journey to Nigeria, to meet local partners and install a series of weather stations on their final locations. We have worked very hard with our technology partner SODAQ to develop a more efficient and robust communication device that would connect to the environmental sensors of…

LBS – MBA weather station improves livelihoods in Africa

MBA unveils solar-powered weather station on International Earth Day

A London Business School MBA student has today unveiled an innovative social impact venture helping to improve the livelihoods and food security of smallholder farmers in Africa. London Business School MBA student Tom Vanneste is one of three co-founders of Kukua, a social impact venture which provides accurate weather forecasting data to rural farmers in Africa…

Kukua wins I WILL Award 2016

The Rotterdam School of Management also believes in Kukua's vision

After one month of pitch training and video recordings, Ollie Smeenk represented Kukua in the finals of the most prestigious entrepreneurship award at his university. The first round was immediately the toughest, the opponent being Pearltect who previously won the Philips Innovation Awards and managed to take home the audience prize from the I WILL…