3 African institutions partner to use artificial intelligence to tackle climate change

The West African Science Services Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) in partnership with two other institutions, RUFORUM, an organisation made up of African universities working to promote agricultural development and the AKADEMIYA2063, established to expand the portfolio of research and capacity-strengthening for agricultural policy making, are partnering WASCAL to implement the climate change AI hub initiative for the next four years in Africa.

Executive Director of WASCAL, Dr Moumini Savadogo (middle)

With financial support of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the AI hub seeks to build climate change capacity across Africa, including the collection of data and contributing to climate change policy development and harmonisation.

The project is intended to create and strengthen the inter-disciplinarily collaboration among scientists and institutions in helping fulfil the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 13 on climate action innovation.

At the opening session of a-two-day kick-off workshop of the continental network on responsible artificial intelligence initiatives in Accra, Dr Moumini Savadogo, Executive Director of WASCAL, explained that the project was to develop technologies that would help accelerate the implementation of the National Adaptation Plans and the Nationally Determined Contributions of African countries as well as other climate smart agricultural programmes.

“AI is becoming the centre of innovations and it is important that African scientists took advantage of the tool to aid various innovations that could assist in addressing the impact of climate change in the areas of long droughts, weather patterns and other effects of the phenomenon on agriculture production, the main backbone of most African economies. Through the workshop, the participants would have a deeper understanding of how to develop AI. Read more here

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