Agricultural data tool to address the food crisis in Africa

Gro Intelligence launches the Food Security Tracker for Africa, the first of its kind. It is an interactive tool that makes real-time agricultural data available to the public for 49 out of 54 African countries in one place. With the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, this information will make it easier for countries around the world to meet the unprecedented challenges of the current global food crisis The Food Security Tracker for Africa provides free access to real-time data on the supply and demand of major crops including corn, soybeans, wheat and rice for African countries. By combining data on drought, crop conditions, prices, supply and demand in one place, users will be able to develop more effective solutions and emergency response plans to shortages. growth of key agricultural products across the continent.

Environmental, economic and political shocks have driven up food prices and created shortages of major staple crops around the world. Additionally, companies in the global agricultural supply chain face significant blind spots, donors are unable to accurately direct funds, and governments find themselves searching for alternative sources of supply without the full knowledge. needed from where they are needed most. In response, Gro is working with the Rockefeller Foundation to give the public better access to critical data, which will help fill the gaps in accurate coverage of supply and demand for major crops in Africa.

“The world must act now to address the global food emergency and alleviate the human suffering and global instability it causes,” said Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, Chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation. “Gro Intelligence’s powerful new tool provides world leaders with the data they need not only to respond to the short-term crisis, but also to lay the foundation for a more stable and sustainable food system in the long term.” Even before the war in Ukraine, the World Food Program (WFP) estimated that 810 million people did not have enough to eat. According to recent data from the International Monetary Fund, households in poor countries spend up to 60% of their budget on food, compared to only 10% for the average household in advanced economies. Unable to weather the shock of rising food prices, low-income countries are also being asked to pay over $300 billion in interest payments and debt repayments, while many global organizations focused on food security are facing significant funding shortages – as Ms. Menker and Dr. Shah explained in a recent New York Times op-ed.

“By combining cutting-edge technology with humanitarian relief efforts and leveraging the private sector for public use, our collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation will help strengthen food security initiatives, fight inequality, and build a world sustainable for all,” said Ms. Menker.

“With this new tool, governments, businesses and humanitarian organizations will be better equipped to anticipate food shortages, guide relief and improve strategic planning in response to the unprecedented level of supply and demand shocks that have caused global food insecurity. “To create a more complete picture, the Gro team, which includes both domain experts and technologists, leveraged our platform and the scaling power of our learning models. to quickly and accurately deliver the data needed,” said Will Osnato, principal research analyst at Gro Intelligence.

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