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Posts on the topic "researchers"

  • Can Artificial Intelligence help improve agricultural productivity?

    Highlights: AI use growing in agriculture AI is applied in some aspects of the farming practices Some examples of AI are offered by Thembani Malapela (FAO) When l reflected on the future of agriculture, l could not avoid thinking about the power of technology to solve problems bedeviling this sector. Climate change, population growth and food security concerns have pushed for innovative technological solutions to farming. Artificial Intelligence is emerging as part of the solutions towards improved agricultural productivity. In this item, l will look at what AI is, how it is used in...
  • How technology is combating Climate change in African agriculture?

    Seeds and Chips recently published a piece by Marco Gualtieri who proposes that technology is combating climate change in African Agriculture. In Africa, due to climate induced changes the availability of fertile land shrinks and this has sparked rural to urban migration. Ballooning urban population has skewed allocation of funds to cities and support for farming is slashed even further with an impact of lowering food production. The article also notes that there is a need to find sustainable methods in food and rural agriculture; keeping young dedicated people on the ground and then...
  • Do you have an innovative idea to end hunger?

    Are you a start-up or a company with an innovation that could help end hunger? If so, this call is for you. The World Food Programme’s Innovation for #ZEROHUNGER has opened a call for ICT and innovative ideas that are meant to end hunger. WFP is calling on inspiring and new ideas, tools and solutions that make sure no one goes hungry. To apply for the programme click here . Those who apply will participate in a week long bootcamp and access a 3-6 month sprint programme. The selected projects will get access to mentorship, financial support and access to WFP’s networks, operations, partners...
  • The possibilities of Internet of Things (IoT) for Agriculture

    Quick read The world still need more food to feed the growing population Internet of Things (loT) is being used in agriculture Some advantages of Internet of Things (loT) Learn more about Internet of Things (loT) The Agricultural revolution of 1930s to 1960s focused on increasing agricultural production and mechanization; technology was at the center of its success. However, in reality 50 years later, there are still many people who are hungry, today 815 million people are chronically undernourished. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) predicted that the global...
  • EU and Gates Foundation pledge €500 million for innovations in agriculture

    The European Union together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the 12th of December pledged €500 million for research and innovations in agriculture for the next 3 years (2018-2020). EU will provide 270 million, focusing on agriculture and food systems research for development while the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match this by $300 million pledge which will focus on climate change related innovations through research in agriculture The EU is the largest donor for development aid, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is also the largest philanthropist organization...
  • Weather updates twice a day as apps transform farming

    SciDevNet published an article supported by the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA). The article focuses on the various apps that are available in agriculture as curated by the Apps4Ag database . The example of Farmerline app is highlighted; this app gives smallholder farmers voice-based messages in their local langauges. Through this service farmers can get price related information; the use of insecticides and weather information. Other cited in the article that are popular in agriculture include the iCow – cattle information services in Kenya; Mrittikā – weather...
  • Using drones for indigenous mapping and monitoring

    Quick read Indigenous territories are facing threats of illegal activities, such as land grabbing and territorial boundary encroachments Technologies such as drones facilitates mapping and monitoring of indigenous land and other natural resources Review of 5 projects on the use of drones in Peru, Guyana and Panama by indigenous communities Indigenous lands are facing a lot of increasing pressures from numerous legal and illegal activities, causing severe environmental degradation and threatening indigenous territorial rights and livelihoods – proposes are recent article . The article reviews...
  • Big Data is new focus for agricultural sector in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID) hosted the seminar session titled “ Smart Agriculture, Smart Future ” at Digital World 2017 with support from the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA). On the 2nd day of the mega event, speakers highlighted the importance of use of Big Data and other...
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  • Drones, Satellites and Food Security: VAM Talks episode 13

    Drones are being used in various fields and agriculture is not an exception. Drones are also known as unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and in agriculture there have been used initially in pest control and land use monitoring. T he World Food Progamme (WFP) has been using drones and satellites within the context of food emergency situation. A recent publication on WFP VAM, a SoundCloud of audio recordings, discusses how drones and satellites help in WFP’s work. Two experts are on the interview Sarah Muir, VAM remote sensing analyst, Haidar Baqir, IT engineer, and Ariona Aubrey from WFP's legal...
  • WSIS Prizes 2018 submission opens

    WSIS has announced the opening of the WSIS Prizes 2018 and they are encouraging all the stakeholders to SUBMIT their project descriptions to the WSIS Prizes contest from 11 September 2017 – 2 January 2018. The e-Agriculture team encourages eligible projects in agriculture to submit their projects for this prestigious award. WSIS Prizes are a major highlight of the WSIS Forum every year and they recognize outstanding initiatives by governments, private sector, and civil society that leverage the contributions of ICT for the benefit our society. Projects related to ICTs in Agriculture fall...