Okuafo Foundation awarded $60,000 as the winners for the food category of the Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020
Okuafo Foundation, the agriculture technology solutions service provider, has won the Zayed Sustainability Prize in the Food category, becoming the first Ghana-based winner of the prestigious award, at its 12th annual awards ceremony, held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The Zayed Sustainability Prize was established by the first president of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, to acknowledge innovative and impactful solutions. A prize of $3 million is shared among the winners annually.
The Okuafo Foundation is founded by Mustapha Diyaol Haqq and Tina Appiah. Okuafo Foundation has developed a mobile app that uses AI to diagnose crop diseases at early stages. Interestingly, this app can perform diagnosis even without an internet connection, this means those in less-connected areas can still benefit from this tech.
The app was tested by about 30,000 farmers from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo results showed, a reduction in crop losses and an improvement in harvest by 50%.
Whiles showing appreciation for the reward Co-founder of Okuafo Foundation, Haqq, said: “The winning prize fund will enable us to empower farmers, across Africa, with sustainable AI-powered solutions that will revolutionise the way they farm, store, and process their yields”.