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NASA Harvest attends the 2023 Global Partnership for AI Summit

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During the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) Summit 2023, held at Bharat Mandapam, New Delhi, India from December 12-14, 2023,  NASA Harvest participated in a panel "AI and Sustainable Agriculture: Towards Global Food Security." This panel discussion spotlighted the critical intersection of artificial intelligence and agriculture, focusing on optimizing farming practices, enhancing climate resilience, and strengthening supply chains through AI innovations. The session underscored the transformative potential of AI in agriculture, aimed at not only improving efficiency and productivity but also addressing global food security challenges. Key areas of discussion were:

 

Refining Farming Operations: AI empowers farmers with data-driven insights for precision farming, leading to increased crop yields, reduced water and fertilizer use, and informed decision-making.

Boosting Climate Adaptability: AI-powered tools become powerful allies against climate change. These tools offer insights for predicting weather patterns, developing resilient crops, and informing adaptation strategies to mitigate agricultural risks.

Improving Supply Chain Efficiency: AI solutions contribute significantly to a robust agricultural supply chain by improving food traceability, minimizing waste, and ensuring fairer distribution systems.

Empowering Farmers Through AI-Enabled Knowledge Exchange: AI bridges the communication gap between farmers and experts who speak different languages. "Bhashini" exemplifies this potential through real-time, language-inclusive interactions powered by AI. This platform empowers farmers by enabling them to directly connect with experts in their native language, promoting the democratization of knowledge and ultimately leading to improved practices, market awareness, and decision-making.

 

The panelists of the session included Dr. Yossi Matias, Vice President, Engineering & Research, Google; Dr. Vikram Adve, Professor, Dolad B. Gillies Professor of Computer Science, University of Illinois; Dr. Manish Gupta, Director, Google Research India; Mr. Shekhar Subramanian, Chief Executive Officer, Wadhwani AI; Ms. Meghavi Prashnani, South Asia Lead, NASA Harvest; Ms. Shobhini Mukherjee, Executive Director, JPAL, South Asia regional Center and Rajnish Kumar, COO and Director, Capacity Building & Finance of NeGD, Digital India Cooperation, Ministry of Electronics & IT moderated the session.

 

The GPAI Summit 2023, brought together a diverse group of experts to deliberate on the ethical development and application of AI. It fostered international collaboration, showcased progress on key initiatives, and highlighted India’s leadership in promoting responsible AI development. The summit's discussions revolved around responsible AI, data governance, the future of work, innovation, and commercialization. Highlighting the importance of responsible data collection, ethical considerations, and capacity building, the summit emphasized equitable benefits for all stakeholders, especially smallholder farmers, and the necessity for international cooperation and open-source data platforms to drive innovation in crucial sectors like agriculture.

 

Key takeaways from the summit included the significant role of AI in tackling challenges such as climate change and its capacity to revolutionize sustainable agriculture. The discussions, led by experts including Dr. Yossi Matias from Google and other distinguished panelists, explored technological advancements, barriers to technology adoption, strategies for ensuring equal access, and the importance of skilling for effective AI utilization in agriculture. NASA Harvest's participation highlighted the program’s commitment to leveraging AI for sustainable agriculture, showcasing the importance of collaborative efforts in harnessing technology to secure a sustainable future for global food systems. 

 

Meghavi Prashnani with Hiroshi Yoshida. Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan, Outgoing chair of GPAI.
Meghavi Prashnani with Hiroshi Yoshida. Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan, Outgoing chair of GPAI. 

 



 

Meghavi With Dr C.S Murthy, Director , Mahalanobis National Crop Forecasting Center, New Delhi India.
Meghavi With Dr C.S Murthy, Director , Mahalanobis National Crop Forecasting Center, New Delhi India.  

 

 

Meghavi at the Panel “ AI and Sustainable Agriculture: Towards Global Food Security” and receiving a token of appreciation form Rajnish Kumar, COO & Director, Capacity Building & Finance of NeGD, Digital India Cooperation, Ministry of Electronics & IT, GOI.
Meghavi at the Panel “ AI and Sustainable Agriculture: Towards Global Food Security” and receiving a token of appreciation form Rajnish Kumar, COO & Director, Capacity Building & Finance of NeGD, Digital India Cooperation, Ministry of Electronics & IT, GOI.

 

News Date
Feb 27, 2024
Author
Meghavi Prashnani