Eye In The Sky is using artificial intelligence to quickly assess the needs of people affected by disaster.

Humanitarians are racing to uncover use cases that when merged with AI could spell significant efficiency gains and make a tangible impact on the lives of millions of people worldwide. From enhanced communication interfaces that give us a better understanding of the people we help to automated transport and logistics systems, organisations like WFP and its Innovation Accelerator are primed to take advantage of the technology to help us reach Zero Hunger faster. 

For the benefit of society, the use and development of AI must be balanced with a rights based approach; one that puts people’s needs first. The human-centred focus highlights the importance of matching high-tech solutions with real humanitarian challenges to rapidly advance the achievement of the SDGs by 2030. At the WFP Innovation Accelerator, we are looking for use cases, data sets or concepts that can be tested quickly ranging from areas of work such as climate change resilience, supply chain as well as geo-spatial analysis. To date we've only scratched the surface of what AI can achieve, but we think it has the power to transform the world we live and help provide a better, hunger free future.  

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WFP’s Vulnerability Assessment Mapping Unit is working with the Accelerator to harness AI for the analysis of large areas through satellite imagery that can help managers understand how ground conditions are changing throughout or after an emergency.

Currently, images of multiple locations are being collected for interpretation in order to map the effect of conflict and climate-related impacts on different areas. Whilst satellite imagery allows for the examination of extremely vast physical areas that would otherwise be hard to monitor from the ground, AI can help highlight patterns relevant to the displacement of civilian populations and post-displacement settlement.