Africa’s population is expected to reach about 2.6 billion by 2050. This will require an increase in food production by up to 70% to fit the need of the population, a serious challenge for the agriculture and food systems. Such requirement, in a context of resource scarcity, climate change, COVID-19 pandemic, and very harsh socioeconomic conjecture, may be easier to attain with the application of emerging technologies and innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI) to leapfrog the transformations required in the sector.
The main objective of this initiative is to advance the responsible development, deployment, and scaling of homegrown AI research and innovations to tackle pressing challenges in agriculture and food systems in Africa. This will be accomplished through setting-up, managing, and supporting an innovation research network on AI for agriculture and food systems.
This network will consist of 6-10 innovation research projects that will develop, deploy, test, and seek to scale responsible and African-led artificial intelligence research and innovations. This research will deepen our understanding of how to develop, deploy, and scale responsible AI innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems in Africa. The project will also seek to use these lessons learned to inform African and international AI policy and practice conversations.
Nigeria and Ghana, The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), ICIPE and Kumasi Hive
- Nicholas Ozor