The Rockefeller Foundation Global Commission to End Energy Poverty: Using AI to Bridge Data Gaps in Food Security

September 26, 2019


 Photo Credits: Society & Diplomatic Review


 The presidents of Atlas AI, a Silicon Valley-based social enterprise tech start-up founded in 2018 with seed money from The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an African-led and Africa-based institution transforming smallholder agriculture with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, will brief media on how cutting-edge geospatial mapping tools and actionable intelligence on agricultural and economic trends are now being used to save lives and support development in Africa.


Atlas AI, a Silicon Valley-based public benefit corporation founded in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an African-led, farmer-centered  institution transforming smallholder agriculture with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and other partners, today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) forming a unique collaboration to address food insecurity in 11 sub-Saharan African nations.

A data-driven philanthropy focused on partnering for the greatest impact, The Rockefeller Foundation has long a history of supporting innovative organizations such as Atlas AI and AGRA. This new partnership allows Atlas AI and AGRA to use technology to the benefit the millions of smallholder farmers who are unable to invest in tools and technologies that could increase yields and improve the lives of millions. The Foundation maintains a seat on both Atlas AI’s and AGRA’s Board of Directors and will continue to be an active partner focused on long-term stewardship of results-oriented, global human development outcomes.


The panelist included Rajiv Shah, President, The Rockefeller Foundation; Ernest Moniz, Former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems Emeritus, and Special Advisor to the MIT President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Agnes Kalibata, President of AGRA; and Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank. 


 Photo Credits: Society & Diplomatic Review




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