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    mPower Social Enterprises

    mPower is a social enterprise aiming to solve development challenges using technology. Their global team of multi-disciplinary experts co-design with partners to iteratively learn and solve development challenges in areas of climate change, health, water and sanitation, agriculture, livestock, fisheries, governance and humanitarian issues among others.

    Since 2008, mPower has deployed 85 projects in 12 countries impacting the lives of 2.2 million disadvantaged people. Related to building a more climate resilient world, projects include: Agriculture - projects have included a remote agricultural consultation service, a seed recommendation phone application, a crop diagnostics app, a localized weather based agro-advisory service, a geopotato (late blight alert for potato) and GEOBIS, a crop model based stress alert. Late blight (Phytophthora infestans) is the most common and highly destructive, fungal disease in potato, tomato and other solanaceae crops in Bangladesh. Annual potato yield losses due to this disease have been estimated at a staggering 25-57%. With Geodata to control potato late blight in Bangladesh (GEOPOTATO), mPower has developed and is implementing a decision support service (DSS) in Bangladesh for an optimal control strategy of late blight in potato. The decision support service will provide farmers with preventive spray advice when a late blight infection period is predicted to occur. The decision support service also evaluates past sprays, which may result in curative spray advice when, despite past sprays, infection is likely to have occurred in the past few days. This early warning system can enable huge cost savings for farmers as they would no longer need to resort to expensive fungicides for damage control. We are utilizing information based upon publicly-available satellite data and using various models are important aspects of the decision support system (DSS), which continuously measures and forecasts weather and biomass growth of potato crops in relation to the late blight disease cycle. The decision support system evaluates this information to provide farmers with a timely spraying advice. Through our pilot intervention, the late blight alert service is being provided on a subscription basis to farmers, through SMS or voicemail during the potato growing season. Right now, late blight can be controlled retrospectively but only through frequent and costly applications of fungicides.The degree of control heavily depends on the timing of the fungicide application in relation to local weather conditions, crop development and disease pressure. Through our technology the efficiency of late blight control has been improved considerably by informing farmers in time about predicted infection periods of the potato crop and the effectiveness of past spray applications. Other projects with climate adaptation potential include: Water - Mobile Based mPMIS program to assess water points in a central database. Health - mobile health solutions and telemedicine

    77, Road No. 11, Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh
    Countries of operation
    United States, Haiti, Guatemala, Egypt, Arab Rep., Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Philippines, India, Zambia, Rwanda, Botswana
    Year Founded

    ASAP Classifications

    Human and Managed Systems
    Impacts to human health, and loss of livelihoods, Reduced agricultural productivity and food security, Reduction in water availability, quality and security, Resilient Food Systems, Spread of pests, and vector-borne and water- borne diseases

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    Last updated: February 1, 2022

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