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DepHUB at G*RAIN Network Meeting


Highlights from the GRAIN Members Workshop, convened from April 16th to 18th, 2024 in
Kampala, Uganda

At the GRAIN Network Workshop on " Collaborative Approach to Responsible AI and Gender ", held in Kampala, Uganda. The DepHUB's Shamira Ahmed showcased preliminary findings from our project on "Responsible AI for Gender Equality in Africa's Circular Economy", which highlights the following:

  • The need for sex-disaggregated data to create a contextually relevant evidence base for anticipated and current public policy interventions on the gendered impacts of using digital data-based systems (DS), such as AI, to reduce food loss and waste (FLW) and simultaneously increase food security in Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana).

  • Transnational dynamics, such as global value chains, data governance, technology transfer, infrastructure investment, and climate mitigation strategies, amongst others, play a crucial role in shaping interventions aimed at leveraging AI to design and implement more regenerative production and consumption models, such as the circular economy (CE).

  • Policy coherence and systems thinking is essential to ensure interventions to support local and regional food systems, are streamlined to mitigate the structural dynamics of (intersectional ) gender inequities at the nexus of sustainable digital transformation (DX) and the just transition to the circular economy (JTCE) in SSA contexts where informality, the digital divide, and low electrification are realities to consider.

    Find more information here and here.

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