The AI revolution comes for farmers growing a third of our food

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Summary: The Ulangizi app, piloted by Opportunity International, leverages AI to assist Malawian subsistence farmers by providing crop and animal disease management advice in the local language, Chichewa, through WhatsApp. For example, farmers can take photos of sick animals, and the app diagnoses issues and suggests treatments, helping prevent livestock losses. Despite challenges such as limited smartphone access and connectivity, the app is seen as a valuable resource, saving time and money by providing quick, reliable agricultural information.

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Summary: The Ulangizi app, piloted by Opportunity International, leverages AI to assist Malawian subsistence farmers by providing crop and animal disease management advice in the local language, Chichewa, through WhatsApp. For example, farmers can take photos of sick animals, and the app diagnoses issues and suggests treatments, helping prevent livestock losses. Despite challenges such as limited smartphone access and connectivity, the app is seen as a valuable resource, saving time and money by providing quick, reliable agricultural information.