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Image analysis can find hidden ruins or save elephants’ lives.

But that’s just the start. A female-led startup in Nairobi is using satellite images and artificial intelligence to strengthen the continent’s agriculture industry.

After all, around 60% of sub-saharan Africa’s jobs are dependent on it – most of them smallholders significantly impacted by climate change.

The machine-based image analysis is used to predict the weather more exactly. Additional information on plant health and pest infestations helps to improve yields and reduce food shortages.

Then, there’s the potential for observation and protection of biodiversity. The goal is to become the go-to hub for African environmental data.

Banana farmers on the continent, meanwhile, are already benefiting from image analysis.

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