Research in Progress: Holistic Climate Service Prototypes for Farmers in Tambuu, Tanzania

  • Ville MyllynpääEmail author
  • Jaakko Helminen
  • Ezra Misaki
  • Mikko Apiola
  • Jani Haakana
  • Tomi Westerlund
  • Erkki Sutinen
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 552)


Urgent efforts are needed to address climate change and changing climate variability. Solutions are needed at economic, political, scientific, educational, as well as technological domains. Our previous research in Tambuu, Tanzania, shows that the acute information needs of the community are credible and trustworthy weather information, knowledge in best uses of weather information, and education about best farming practices. Delivering the information for end users in Tambuu is a challenge in itself. Based on these results and following the principles of System Action Design Research, we developed prototypes for future climate services together with local farmers in Tambuu community. These prototypes and our future plans are presented in this research-in-progress paper.


System Action Design Research Climate services Climate change Mobile technology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ville Myllynpää
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jaakko Helminen
    • 1
  • Ezra Misaki
    • 2
  • Mikko Apiola
    • 1
  • Jani Haakana
    • 1
  • Tomi Westerlund
    • 1
  • Erkki Sutinen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TurkuTurkuFinland
  2. 2.College of Business Education (CBE)Dar es SalaamTanzania

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