LOCATING AGRICULTURE RISK ASSESSMENT

Access defined information based on data from national insurance agents, meteorological services, agricultural institutes.

Risk and uncertainty are ubiquitous in agriculture however the main causes can be identified such as: the vagaries of weather, the nature of biological processes, the pronounced seasonality of production and market cycles, the geographical separation of producers and end users of agricultural products, and the uncertain political economy of food and agriculture within and among nations.
Locating and managing agricultural risk is particularly important for smallholder farmers, who are usually financially vulnerable and lack the resource buffers to absorb failures. “Risk” and “uncertainty” indicate exposure to events that can result in losses.
LARA app takes into consideration the “traditional” risks of agriculture that include inclement weather phenomena of all kinds: floods, droughts, hail, snow, excessive winds, excess rain, excessive heat, freeze that farmers always fear. The app offers to the farmers the possibility of occurring the previous natural dissasters for 5 main crop types in order to take them into consideration when deciding on which crop to cultivate. This means that every time, an optimization between market prices and risk assessment has to be performed before deciding on the crops of each year.
This app offers spatially defined information based on data from national insurance agents, meteorological services, agricultural institutes, research universities, and generate risk maps that function as warning and decision support information.