Writing in AgTechNavigator, Nader Diab of Community Jameel makes the case for greater investments in early warning systems,  arguing that our abilities to detect extreme weather events far earlier allow us to more effectively combat food shortages.

Almost half the world’s population, up to 3.6 billion people, face recurring and compounding environmental threats such as drought, floods and other natural disasters that result in food insecurity and loss of lives and livelihoods.

However, with the advent of near global access to advanced earth observation data, satellite and digital tools and online communication channels, he argues, “the potential for early warning systems to transform lives and tackle food shortages has never been greater.” 

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