5 innovations powered by artificial intelligence that tackle world hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. That is Sustainable Goal 2: Zero Hunger, one of 17 goals established in 2015 to address global challenges and create a more sustainable future for all. Photo: WFP/Sean Rajman.

Making optimal choices — Optimus

Optimus calculates the most cost-effective ways to get WFP food baskets to a given location. In the Photo: WFP warehouse staff prepare food for distribution in Ghasouleh, Syria. Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh.

Joining the data points — HungerMap LIVE

WFP’s interactive HungerMap LIVE provides metrics on food security and hunger hotspots in near real-time.

Reading data from satellite images to speed up emergency response — SKAI

On-the-ground information is critical for mobilising assistance and reaching those in need during emergencies. In the photo: An aerial shot of the flooded areas driven by Cyclone Yaas in Bangladesh, 2021. Photo: WFP/Sayed Asif Mahmud.

Keeping lines of communication open — Voice to Text AI

AI can also assist in improving communication with and accountability to the people we serve. The COVID-19 pandemic has hampered​​ face-to-face surveys, which have been a typical technique to collect nutrition information from individuals living in remote locations in Ethiopia. This primary data is critical in implementing nutrition programmes such as WFP’s Fresh Food Voucher Programme that addresses stunting — impaired growth and development that children experience from poor nutrition — through diversifying diets for children and lactating women.

Turning paper records into digital data — MEZA

MEZA allows digitizing paper records quickly using low-end smartphones. Photo: WFP/MEZA.

Emerging frontiers of humanitarian action

Innovations in artificial intelligence are contributing to the digital transformation of the humanitarian sector. AI-enabled technologies can help us analyze massive amounts of data quickly, predict emergencies, inform optimal decisions, and act faster with real-time awareness of the situation. The WFP Innovation Accelerator provides hands-on support and space for experimentation for innovators to successfully create, launch, and scale such transformational solutions, while keeping the people we serve at the centre of these efforts.

Learn more:

  • Find out about WFP’s frontier innovations portfolio — cutting-edge technologies and ideas that can offer new ways of delivering humanitarian assistance.
  • Watch this video to know more about our work with artificial intelligence.

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Sourcing, supporting and scaling high-impact innovations to disrupt hunger.