Alibaba and UN use AI for global hunger monitoring programme

Alibaba partners UNWFP to unveil an AI driven global hunger monitoring programme

Alibaba Group has joined forces with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for a global hunger monitoring program.

The 'Hunger Map Live' programme uses Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning and data analytics to predict and track the magnitude and severity of hunger in over 90 countries in close to real-time.

It further collates publicly available information on food security, nutrition, conflict, weather and a variety of macro-economic data – including from WFP to highlight the food security situation.

The data visualization tools then convert the resulting analysis of food insecurity at the global, country and subnational levels, and display it on an interactive map.

Alibaba partner and chairman of Alibaba Foundation Lijun Sun said: “Across the Alibaba Group we have developed a leading technological ecosystem, and by working with the experts from WFP, we can really see it in a new perspective. This aligns with our vision of using technology to create a better world.”

WFP’s chief economist and director Arif Husain who oversees the team providing the food security data and analysis said: “Food insecurity is usually measured in a static way even though we know that it is dynamic because it changes all the time. With the application of this technology, the global community has access to daily food insecurity estimates, and that is revolutionary.”

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