Kuzi is a free early warning tool, delivered by SMS, that helps farmers across Africa to predict and control locust attacks.
Kuzi uses satellite data, soil sensor data, ground meteorological observation, and machine learning to predict the breeding, occurrence, and migration routes of desert locusts.
Farmers and pastoralists receive free SMS alerts 2-3 months in advance of when locusts are highly likely to attack farms and livestock forage in their areas, allowing for early intervention.
The alerts are in regional languages of Kiswahili, Somali and Amharic, spoken by over 200 million people in the region.
A free tool that will help farmers and pastoralists across Africa to predict and control locust behavior has been launched. Kuzi—the Swahili name for the wattled starling, a bird renowned for eating locusts—is an AI-powered tool that generates a real-time heatmap of locusts across Africa, shows all potential migration routes, and gives a real-time locust breeding index.
Using satellite data, soil sensor data, ground meteorological observation, and machine learning, Kuzi can predict the breeding, occurrence and migration routes of desert locusts across the horn of African and Eastern African Click here to read entire article