International Conference on AI applications in agriculture

Start date:
19 July, 2022
End date:
20 July, 2022

University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Annual crop losses due to pests and diseases range from 20% to 40% globally, undermining rural livelihoods, national economies, and food security. Smart systems can help farmers make prompt in-situ diagnoses and facilitate effective response to plant diseases and pest attacks in their early stages.

The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), in partnership with the University of Barcelona (UB), are developing a user-friendly application for smartphones that smallholder farmers can use to identify and address diseases and nutritional disorders in their crops, and thus minimize losses in their yields. The project targets farmers in four countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region where ICBA has ongoing projects, including Egypt, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). At a later stage, the application will be made available for other countries where ICBA operates and beyond.

While the application uses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) for a specific purpose, there are many other ways in which AI can support sustainable agriculture, from agronomy to breeding.

This conference will bring together experts and professionals in AI, crop management, breeding, as well as plant pathologists, to share their experience in the use of AI to solve real problems in agriculture. The main focus will be on how AI can contribute to the adaptation and sustainability of agriculture in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

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  • ICBA
  • University of Barcelona
Event Coordinator

Mr. Ghazi Al-Jabri, Capacity Development Specialist, ICBA