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Poor Nations Need Help To Use Big Data To Tackle Disease, Poverty

12 July, 2017

Poor Nations Need Help To Use Big Data To Tackle Disease, Poverty

From boosting crop yields to controlling the spread of disease, big data analytics is increasingly being used by poor nations to tackle development challenges but a lack of technology infrastructure is slowing efforts, a leading expert has warned.

Paul Szyarto, head of the Big Data program at the U.S.’s Rutgers University, said many developing nations are attempting to collect, organize and analyze large, varied data sets to uncover patterns and trends to help address poverty.

For example, countries like Kenya and India are gathering data related to weather patterns and using models to forecast climate variations, which can help farmers adapt agricultural practices, boost crop yields and tackle hunger.

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