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In the first issue of GFAR Insights*, we shares our experience employing Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI), specifically ChatGPT, to establish the Global NARS Consortium (GNC). This initiative aims to empower National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) and reshape the landscape of global agricultural research.

Key Points:

GenAI's Influence in Agriculture: We shed light on GenAI's role as a catalyst in agriculture, offering support to small-scale producers, refining precision agriculture, and driving innovation within the agrifood sector.

Global NARS Consortium (GNC): An overview of our efforts in establishing the GNC, providing NARS a more significant role in international agricultural research aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a global impact.

Economic Dynamics of AI: The article examines GenAI's anticipated economic impact, with McKinsey estimating a potential annual contribution of 2.6 to 4.4 trillion USD. This emphasizes AI's potential to boost productivity and contribute to global economic growth.

Navigating Ethical Considerations: As AI's influence grows, the piece discusses ethical considerations and regulatory perspectives, emphasizing the importance of responsible AI practices to address transparency, fairness and accountability concerns.

Diverse Applications of AI in Agriculture: Exploring the various applications of AI in agriculture, from weather forecasting to precision farming, the article highlights real-world examples like CGIAR Alliance projects utilizing AI technologies.


The article concludes by emphasizing AI's potential to transform agriculture and the need for thoughtful development. GFAR's insights provide valuable considerations for leveraging AI's capabilities to address challenges, encourage collaboration, and ensure sustainable development in the agrifood sector.

Read the full article here. GFAR Insights No. 1.

*GFAR Insights: Expert articles by the GFAR Secretariat that delve into relevant topics, technologies and initiatives shaping the agricultural research and innovation landscape.