African farmers get hi-tech with satellite-driven superpowers

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African farmers get hi-tech with satellite-driven superpowers

The tech will help the masses of farmers already suffering the effects of global warming

Cape Town bureau chief

A field full of maize in a remote rural area isn’t necessarily where you’d expect to find artificial intelligence (AI) transforming lives.

But thanks to a combination of smartphones, satellites and biologists, that’s exactly what’s happening.

PlantVillage Nutu, a free AI smartphone app, can predict near-term crop productivity for farmers in Africa and may help them protect their staple crops — such as maize, cassava and beans — in the face of climate warming, say Pennsylvania State University researchers...

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