International Conference on AI applications in agriculture
Annual crop losses due to pests and diseases range between 20% and 40%, undermining rural livelihoods, national economies, and food security. Intelligent 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). Subsequently, the application will target other countries where ICBA operates and beyond.
The above is just one of the potential field applications where artificial intelligence (AI) is strongly impacting agriculture in the recent years. However, there are a myriad of different areas, from agronomy to breeding, where AI may contribute to a more efficient and sustainable agriculture. At the same time knowing the inherent limitations on the use of AI together with the main flaws associated with building predictive models, may help to a more efficient implementation.
The Conference will bring experts and professionals in fields related to AI, crop management, breeding, as well as plant pathologists to present their experience on the application of AI to solve real problems around agriculture. Focus will be on how AI may contribute to the adaptation and sustainability of Mediterranean and Middle East agriculture.
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- University of Barcelona
Mr. Ghazi Al-Jabri, Capacity Development Specialist, ICBA