Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization

28 April 2022 | Joint FAO-ITU webinar: Weeding and harvesting robots for sustainable and affordable horticulture


Autonomous robots are transforming agriculture. As these technologies become increasingly cheaper and lighter and incorporate swarming technologies, they are now being deployed for a range of tasks including weeding, picking, crop scouting, pruning, thinning, harvesting, and more. 

Agricultural robots can also help minimize or eliminate herbicide use, prevent soils from compaction and too much disruption, avoid canopy damage, reduce the use of valuable resources including water, and assist in managing high-value crops that require complex and demanding control-intensive operations, paving the way for a more regenerative agricultural approach. Robotic solutions have the potential to reduce the drudgery for farmworkers, improve timeliness operations, and compensate for labor shortages, which occur especially during peak harvesting periods.

Discover the latest precision farming and ICT-based technologies in this second webinar co-organized by ITU with the technical support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Find out the possibilities opening up a more environmentally friendly horticulture paradigm, allowing to grow healthier crops with higher yields, producing the freshest products in a more sustainable, local, and affordable way, while encouraging young generations to engage in new agricultural practices around the world.

This live event includes a 30-minute networking event hosted on the AI for Neural Network. This is your opportunity to ask questions, interact with the panelists and participants and build connections with the AI for Good community.

Register here.



16:00 –16:01 Setting the scene AI for Good Global Summit by ITU Representative

16:01 –16:06 Welcoming remarks by Jingyuan Xia, Director of Plant Production and Protection Division, FAO

16:06 –16:09 Overview and objectives of the webinar by Josef Kienzle, Agricultural Engineer, FAO

16:09 –16:19 Keynote presentation by Florian Richter, CEO and Founder, Muddy Machines

16:19 –16:29 Keynote presentation by Ingrid Sarlandie, COO, Naïo Technologies

16:29 –16:39 Keynote presentation by Kamal Yakub, CEO, TROTRO Tractor

16:39 –16:49 Keynote presentation by Neena Mitter, Affiliate Professor, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology; and Director, ARC Research Hub for Sustainable Crop Protection and Centre for Horticultural Science Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)

16:49 –17:09 Panel discussion 

17:09 –17:26 Q&A session

17:30 Closing remarks by Hani Eskandar, Digital Services Senior Coordinator at the Digital Society Division of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU

17:30 –18:00 Neural Network

The meeting will be moderated by Josef Kienzle, Agricultural Engineer, FAO