BISA has been working towards advanced digital technologies that enables farmers within the agriculture value chain to improve food production.
BISA developed digital databases and used multiple data collection tools to accelerate technology development and support its transfer to the farmers.
BISA developed a detailed spatial database of agricultural vulnerabilities and access to ICT services at the national level. These channels provided real-time weather forecasts, short-term and long-term climatic risks, and information on best practices. This facilitated increased input efficiency, awareness of pest and disease contagion in a specific timeframe and management, and information on market links.
BISA also developed CCAFS Regional Agriculture Forecasting Tool (CRAFT) with its partners. It’s a tool that helps estimate agricultural production before the actual harvest.
To increase the efficiency of breeding trials, BISA developed multi-tier digital data collection tools that include Phenocart, UAV, handheld sensors, and digital cameras. These tools help accelerate the gain of High Throughput Phenotyping (HTP).