IQPC Middle East's second Artificial Intelligence Week was hosted at the Oberoi Hotel Dubai and organized with the official support of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi. Inaugurated by Sheikha Maryam Al Qasimi, Government Relations and Protocol Specialist for Lead Ventures at The Office of Sheikh Sultan bin Abdullah Al Qasimi, and Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President International Affairs at Emirates, the event saw participation from influential and leading organizations including the Prime Minister's Office, Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulation (DCHR), UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention, Smart Dubai, ING, Commercial Bank of Dubai, Al Zahra Hospitals, Saudi Aramco, King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology, and many more. Knowing the central role AI plays, the Department of Health -- Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate, has been the first entity in the MENA region to pursue and launch an artificial intelligence policy for the healthcare sector. Dr. Hamed Al Hashemi, Director, Strategy Division at Department of Health, Abu Dhabi said: "In utilizing tech-based solutions like AI we can build a future-proof healthcare system. These systems are capable of providing more efficient, safe and evidence-based quality of care while forging ahead with bringing new, innovative ways of healthcare services delivery."
This month in Ethical Corporation magazine we emerging solutions to address growing challenges in the global food system. By 2050 there will be almost two-and-a-half billion more mouths to feed on planet Earth, and we will need to produce almost twice as much food as today. Yet we cannot feed the numbers we have now with current agricultural practices, nor with the amount of food wasted and lost on the journey from farm to fork. And the impact of climate change, which has already caused Saudi Arabia to buy land in water-stressed California and Arizona to grow hay to ship back home, will only worsen. Angeli Mehta looks at how big data is revolutionising agriculture as Silicon Valley comes to the farm gate, with agri-tech start-ups offering technologies to allow food to be grown more efficiently and sustainably for companies such as Kellogg and Campbell's Soup.
Why data could be the deciding factor in Africa's agricultural transformation. The world has a palm oil problem. It's a global, billion-dollar industry and its end result is irreversible environmental damage, ranging from deforestation and fires, to the loss of species such as tigers, pygmy elephants and orangutans. Palm oil is used in 50% of the products we buy (think bread, shampoo, soaps and even chocolate) due to the fact that it is the highest-yielding vegetable oil crop. Yet, in a country like Uganda, where 80% of the population is involved in agriculture as a way of life, many Ugandans farm oil palm on small plots, barely making a living.
Now Bal boasts less than one per cent discrepancies with his cherry size and said the machines are "bang-on." The Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program encourages tech-entrepreneurs by supporting projects that advance innovation, including enhanced efforts in clean growth and climate change and accelerating the growth of the sector, the release stated. There isn't enough arable land in the Lower Mainland to supply all the food we need. And most of our food is already imported, said Garry Fehr, director of agricultural centre at the University of the Fraser Valley. That means Canadian food producers compete with countries which may not have the same standards, for instance, varied environmental, labour laws or farmer subsidies.
The agriculture and allied sectors are considered the bedrock of India's economy. With farming employing almost half of India's workforce, Agri Gross Domestic Product (GDP) can be considered the engine of growth for the economy. The global need to produce 50% more food by 2050 cannot be accomplished if only 4% of the land is under cultivation.The vulnerabilities arising from climate change, coupled with the risk of increased dependency on unsustainable agriculture practices, can lead to agricultural distress. Artificial Intelligence (AI), along with other digital technologies, will play a key role in modernizing agricultural activities and realising the goal of doubling the farmer's income by 2022. The global'AI in agriculture' market size is expected to be worth USD 2.6 billion by 2025.