One word: Exciting!
On June 13, 2018 Google announced its intent to setup Google AI research center in Africa, to be opened in Accra later in the year. They intend bringing together top machine learning researchers and engineers in the new center dedicated to AI research and its applications. Google is aiming to collaborate with local universities and research centers, as well as working with policy makers on the potential uses of AI in Africa.
What it means for Agriculture in Ghana
In more matured economies, agricultural growth is fully data-driven thus enabling effective planning from the production sources to market. Actionable data is propelling these economies to the highest levels. Ghana ( and Africa) cannot be left behind in this Fourth Industrial Revolution (Digital Revolution).
Agriculture is a unique sector compared to others. Its broad nature requires more innovation in terms of knowledge acquisition in all segments of the value chain. AI could be a game changer in solutions being churned out to address myriad of constraints faced by farmers, agribusiness, and other key value chain actors. Machine learning-based approaches could improve localised weather forecasting models and provide early-warning risk information at the production levels. Robo-advisors could provide customisation and farm produce aggregation for buyers. Additionally, rural smallholder food producers could benefit from AI-driven credit rating ( already running by tech startups like SyeComp through value-added products like mfarmPay, an alternative credit-scorecard and lending service for rural smallholder African farmers).
AI could also boost compliance detection by financial institutions and build enhanced portfolio.
We are very excited with these and many prospects of AI in the agricultural sector. We welcome Google AI Reseach Centre in Accra. #Morevim!
¬ Google will open an artificial intelligence (AI) research center in Accra, Ghana, later this year, its first on the African continent.
¬ Ghana likely appealed to Google because of its high quality education system and political stability
¬ Other African cities including Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Kigali and Lagos have been pushing their credentials as tech hubs.
The publication “Google AI in Ghana: What it means for Agriculture in Ghana” was first published on Agricinghana Media.
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