Climate change is fundamentally altering the once reliable schedule of monsoon rains in India. The unpredictability of weather has pushed indebtedness and suicide rates to a point where 10,000 farmers are losing their lives each year.
ilika was born out of its founders’ altruistic desire to address the suicide pandemic in the farming community they come from. We developed Hawamaan – the first weather app specifically designed for the Indian farmer. Hawamaan augments weather data with cloud cover and cloud water content maps to help monitor rains in real time. India lacks dense coverage of doppler radar network and Hawamaan fills that void by tapping into the satellite data from NASA.
The app is available on iOS and Android platforms and has many thousand active users. The most important aspect however is the accuracy of the data it dispenses, which the users have come to rely upon.