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AI for agriculture at the International Agricultural Exhibition in Meknes✍️๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

Morocco launches the “Hackathon” of AI for agriculture at the International Agricultural Exhibition in Meknes✍️๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

Today, Friday, in Meknes, the Artificial Intelligence Hackathon for Climate Resilient Agriculture was launched, headed by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Mohamed Seddiqi, on the sidelines of the 16th session of the International Agricultural Exhibition in Morocco.

The hackathon, which was jointly launched by the Digital Pole of Agriculture and Forestry, the Drought Observatory, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, aims to encourage and strengthen the spirit of entrepreneurship among young students, engineers and doctors looking for challenges.

This hackathon, which was launched for the benefit of students from the Hassan II Institute of Agriculture and Veterinary Science, the National School of Agriculture, and the National School of Forestry for Engineers, represents an opportunity for these students to express their ideas and discover and exploit the potential of artificial intelligence.

The Minister Sadiki stressed, in a speech on the occasion, that this initiative constitutes progress towards expertise in the field of precision agriculture, which must be disseminated to all producers and farmers, with the aim of democratizing access to development through artificial intelligence.

The same speaker explained that “the hackathon is emerging as a new lever that aims to enrich our country’s capabilities, through youth,” calling on students to participate intensively and be prepared by starting to formulate ideas through specific problems.

This project has an international dimension because it will be held in parallel in the United States of America, India, Ethiopia and Morocco, knowing that the participation of the United Nations Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education and 10 African countries will also give it a broad African reach that reflects Morocco’s deep desire to strengthen South-South cooperation in the agricultural field. , especially in the digital field.

The winners will represent Morocco next July 9 and 10 in New York at the United Nations “OpenSource” digitalization summit, where an award ceremony will be organized.

The Digital Pole for Agriculture, Forestry and Drought Observatory comes in the form of a public interest group. It is managed by 11 public and private institutions and aims to coordinate the transition towards a technological agriculture that is attractive to young people and can attract investments and stimulate the creation and development of competitive start-ups at the national and international levels.


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