Valuable data tool designed for Hawaiʻi Island farmers

Read the full story from the University of Hawaiʻi.

Hawaiʻi Island farmers will be able to find critical data at their fingertips to help them manage their crops and improve yield because of a project involving the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation and East-West Center.

A new climate dashboard will display weather, climate predictions and environmental conditions relevant to Hawaiʻi Island farmers. The pilot project will co-produce a poly-forestry climate dashboard in partnership with the Keaukaha Panaʻewa Farmers Association on Hawaiʻi Island.

Poly-forestry (“poly” to mean both “many” as well as “Polynesian”) is a traditional Pacific Island system for managing land use that aims to increase the overall yield of the land by combining the productions of crops (including tree crops) and forest plants and/or animals on a given unit of land. The pilot will apply management practices that are culturally compatible with the local population.

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