IIASA researchers win GEO Appathon

Growers’ Nation, a mobile app developed by Ecosystems Services and Management researchers, won the 2014 Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Appathon, a global app development competition.



The winning app uses data such as temperature, precipitation, elevation, and slope, which were available from the GEOSS portal, to help gardeners and small-scale farmers determine what to plant and when. The communication features encourage farmers to share information and build a community of growers. One goal of the app is to help reduce food insecurity [1] in developing countries by providing information to farmers to help boost crop yields and production, for example, by encouraging farmers to plant diverse crops.


[1] See L, Fritz S, You L, Ramankutty N, Herrero M, Justice C, Becker-Reshef I, Thornton P, Erb K, Gong P, Tang H, van der Velde M, Ericksen P, McCallum I, Kraxner F, Obersteiner M (2014). Improved global cropland data as an essential ingredient for food security. Global Food Security, Published online 27 October 2014.


Growers’ Nation

University of Maryland, USA

Met Office, UK

Group on Earth Observations

Ubiquitäre Meteorologie (UBIMET), Austria

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Steffen Fritz

Program Director and Principal Research Scholar Strategic Initiatives Program

Principal Research Scholar Novel Data Ecosystems for Sustainability Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program

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