On 17th and 18th March, ESA BIC Harwell incubatee, WeatherSafe Ltd, was amongst the 150 experts at the Coffee Research Symposium in Rwanda.
Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world. In Rwanda, coffee farming employs hundreds of thousands of families. However, an insect pest called the ‘antestia bug’, which affects up to 38% of coffee, causes the coffee to exhibit an undesirable ‘potato taste’ defect. The rise of this pest has devastating effects on the coffee industry’s revenue potential.
David Mills, CEO of WeatherSafe, presented the new satellite technology solutions, which implements big data architecture, to help alert farmers of potential diseases to their crops and could can help them, along with the government, to make decisions that can alleviate the ‘potato taste’. “Being a keynote speaker at the symposium was a chance to really engage with the industry and its leading influencers” said David. During the Symposium, David Mills also invited those interested in implementing the ‘Coffee Farmer Edition’ mobile application created by WeatherSafe, to join the company’s local operations.
Sponsored by WeatherSafe and the US company Counter Culture Coffee, the Collaboration Colloquium on the second day of the Symposium helped participants to understand the challenges related to the potato taste defect, and provided opportunities for collaboration on research and practical ways to reach a solution. Francesco Liucci, Sales and Marketing Director at WeatherSafe stated that they “are confident that the proposed project in which WeatherSafe’s satellite technology solutions are going to be implemented will provide tangible results in the fight against the coffee ‘potato taste’”.
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