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Innovations 4 Scale: UN Global Pulse & WFP - VAMPIRE

  • Webinar Rome Italy (map)

To kick off our knowledge sharing series “Innovations 4 Scale” we are joined by UN Global Pulse's Pulse Lab Jakarta, who will introduce the VAMPIRE platform.

El Niño, like other natural climatic events, creates irregular weather patterns, which often have an adverse effect on farmers and their families. Pulse Lab Jakarta partnered with the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organisation to develop the Vulnerability Platform for the Impact of Regional Events (VAMPIRE) to track changes in environmental conditions and impacts on food security in Indonesia. VAMPIRE is capable of automatically ingesting, processing and visualising near real-time data which can accelerate authorities' ability to take informed actions. The tool provides map-based visualisations that show the extent of drought/flood affected areas and the impacts on population and crops. In addition, it provides an indication of a potential flood event, 3-days ahead. Fusing multiple databases: first, it visualises the national socio-economic survey and population density. This data provides information on the percentage and distribution of poor, agriculture-dependent populations and food security in terms of access; second, it analyses satellite-based data on rainfall and vegetation health. Rainfall indices include rainfall anomaly and days since last rain. The Vegetation Health Index is utilised to indicate health and condition of vegetation, and can serve as a proxy for agricultural drought; and finally, based on the structural characteristics and exposure to drought/flood, the tool can identify priority areas where people may require assistance, and identify crops at risk.

The webinar is targeting colleagues interested in big data analytics, food security, and public policy on agriculture, disaster management and response.

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Later Event: February 15
Innovation Pitch Night