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Wadhwani AI wins Google’s AI Impact grant

By India AI Team

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The AI technology that helped farmer reduce cross losses was run on a basic smartphone. The tool classifies and counts pests based on photos of pest traps taken by farmers and agriculture program workers, and provide millions of farmers with timely, localized advice, reducing crop loss and over-use of pesticides by improving the timing of usage.

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Indian AI startup Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence was selected one of 20 organizations that will share $25 million in grants from Google.org, credit and consulting from Google Cloud and coaching by Google’s AI experts as a grantee of the Google AI Impact Challenge. According to Google, there were 2602 applications from 119 countries. The $25 million grant was launched last year as part of Google’s AI for Social Good program. Wadhwani AI will receive a $2M USD grant to create technologies that will help reduce crop losses in cotton farming, through integrated pest management.

Google AI Impact Challenge

In recent years, Wadhawani AI has run projects with cotton farmer across the state of Maharashtra. The AI technology that helped farmer reduce cross losses was run on a basic smartphone. The tool classifies and counts pests based on photos of pest traps taken by farmers and agriculture program workers, and provide millions of farmers with timely, localized advice, reducing crop loss and over-use of pesticides by improving the timing of usage. “We received thousands of applications to the Google AI Impact Challenge and are excited that Wadhwani AI was selected to receive funding and expertise from Google. AI is at a nascent stage when it comes to the value it can have for the social impact sector, and we look forward to seeing the outcomes of this work and considering where there is potential for use to do, even more, said Jacquelline Fuller, President of Google.org in a statement.

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