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  in developing countries by providing information to farmers to help boost crop yields and production, for example, by encouraging farmers to plant diverse crops.
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