Chris Bessenecker, PCI’s VP of Strategic Initiatives, speaks at the Classy Collaborative in Boston.
Last October, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) awarded PCI $1.3 Million to expand SAPARM. Google.org also partnered on this initiative, providing $750,000 as part of its funding for innovators around the world who are using technology to combat humanity’s biggest challenges.
SAPARM works to garner technological innovation to create beneficial change in Ethiopia, where the present drought and climate change has resulted in nearly 400,000 children who are severely malnourished and 10.2 million people need emergency food assistance.
Drought and climate change impact the ability of pastoralists, a main source of food in Ethiopia, to find grazing land for their herds using only traditional methods like scouting and word of mouth. SAPARM puts satellite derived vegetation data directly into the hands of pastoralists to help them increase their accuracy in finding pastures. This cost-effective, continuous feed of information is designed to lead to decreased herd losses, greater economic stability and resiliency of pastoralist communities, as well as better land management.
WATCH Classy’s video on our SAPARM project that was displayed during the awards ceremony: