TZH 17 - Artificial intelligence helps tackle agricultural pest

Fall Armyworm is spreading fast across sub-Saharan Africa, devastating crops and farmers’ livelihoods. Experts fear the pest could eventually spread to the Middle East and Europe.

But a new mobile phone app ‘Nuru’, which uses machine learning and artificial intelligence, offers some hope in tackling the pest problem.

Allan Hruska is the Principal Technical Coordinator on the Fall Armyworm response at the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

Interview: Charlotta Lomas, FAO

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