Artisanal farmers in Brazil’s North-Est region are victims of frequent, increasingly stronger droughts. Water scarcity impacts poor farmers by limiting or annihilating their harvests and by strongly reducing access to potable water. These factors result in increasing farmer’s health and economic vulnerability.
Important information for poor farmers is to know when and where to plant. This is a big complex problem, that requires many sources of information. As of today, there is an interactive map (CEMADEN) that provides the location of droughts when they occur. However, no predictive information is found neither a model that predicts the impact of droughts on food security and health conditions.