Kuzi, a free tool has been launched that will enable farmers and pastoralists across Africa to track and monitor locust behavior.
Kuzi, the Swahili word for the wattled starling, a bird known for consuming locusts, is an AI-powered tool that generates a heatmap of locusts across Africa in real time, displays all possible migration routes, and provides an index of locust breeding in real time.
In the regional languages of Kiswahili, Somali and Amharic, spoken by over 200 million people throughout Eastern Africa, notifications are currently available for Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, and Uganda.
The free tool is currently accessible in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda with plans to launch across the rest of Africa.
With any mobile device, with or without an internet connection, farmers can sign up for free SMS updates, capture their farm’s GPS location, and they’re good to go, without any fees.