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Can responsible artificial intelligence (AI) data platforms boost economic opportunities for women agricultural workers in India?

Women agricultural workers in India face significant challenges in getting a fair price for their produce, and in accessing the market, forcing dependence on middle agents. Lack of literacy and access to technology prevents the flow of information vital to their success and growth as workers.

Over the next three years, CIFAR’s first Solution Network will develop an open-access data infrastructure platform that will help women agricultural workers in India gain fair access to a competitive marketplace.

The international, interdisciplinary Network with members from India, Canada, Finland, Switzerland, and the U.K, will work with grassroots organizations to identify and remove technological barriers faced by women workers, including known barriers such as digital literacy and access to mobile phones. A data infrastructure platform will enable women agricultural workers to use machine learning algorithms to tap into rich data insights, such as tracking supply and demand for produce, predicting production costs, comparing market models and predicting competitive pricing. These insights will promote equitable economic opportunities for women agricultural workers in India.

To support other organizations and communities in developing marketplaces that are equitable and fair, the Network will design an open-access toolkit that can be adapted and reused.

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2021

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CIFAR Contact

Gagan Gill
Program Officer, AI & Society, Knowledge Mobilization

Meet the CIFAR Solution Network Members:

Colin Clark

Solution Network Co-Director

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Inclusive Design Research Centre - OCAD University
Canada

Revathi Sharma Kollegala

Solution Network Co-Director

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
SEWA Cooperative Federation
India

Luke Church

Solution Network Member

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Lark Systems Ltd.
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Eva de Lera

Solution Network Member

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Raising the Floor - International
Switzerland

Salonie Muralidhara Hiriyur

Solution Network Member

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
SEWA Cooperative Federation
India

Patrick Shulist

Solution Network Member

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Aalto University
Finland
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