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Crop Disease-Diagnosing Apps

This App Identifies Crop Diseases Using Artificial Intelligence

— November 4, 2017 — Eco
This app uses artificial intelligence to diagnose crop diseases and notify East African farmers. Developed by researchers at Pennsylvania State University and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the AI app identifies cassava problems. After being awarded a grant recently, the team plans to expand the app's capabilities to include banana, root and tuber diseases.

In addition to being able to find crop diseases even when the plant looks healthy, the app also has a text message service. This enables farmers to contain the spread of disease and react sooner to problems.

This is an example of how technology can be used to address the issue of food insecurity. Connected crop care concepts like this one also indicate how farmers can easily share knowledge.
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