Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Calidad Diagnostics Technology
Explain your idea in details:
Calidad, an Agtech startup solving animal health challenges in the Ghanaian animal farming industry uses AI-predictive algorithms to diagnose and treat farm animals. Our main goal is to provide complete solutions to reduce the incidence of disease outbreak in farm animals by using AI technology to set up early prevention, detection, and warning system on animal farms. These algorithms can recognize patterns in behaviour and create its logic thereby providing exceptional service to reduce the outbreak of diseases. This is how our technology works; a specially built camera that operates on the principle of charged couple devices is set up on the farm, this camera captures images of poultry birds and 'runs' them through the various layers built into the algorithm based on the result of an abnormality, a farmer is notified by SMS alert. The system teaches machines to interpret the complex patterns and structure observed in real-life data by building a multilayer artificial neural network using processes similar to events occurring in the neocortex. The foundation of this technology is rooted in Deep learning. This system of computer-aided diagnostics simulates expert human reasoning and thus can control hypothesis proliferation and understand how a single causative agent can manifest in several effects. This solution also presents a friendlier and less invasive method of diagnosing animals. Thereby reducing the time expended in traditional diagnostics. The software also uses an automated Electronic Health Record system to help track the health condition of each animal by ID, reduce flock contamination, as well as mortalities.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Calidad is expected to reduce the indiscriminate use of antibiotics and unprescribed drugs in the poultry industry, and subsequently in the livestock industry altogether, to help fight the risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The impact from this innovation can be measured by its ability to help reduce flock contamination, disease outbreak and cost of disease treatment. Above all, the rate of adoption by farmers will be a better evaluation of its success. Calidad is poised to ensure life on land is safeguarded and the fight for food security is not futile.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
A one time charge from the installation cost will be a markup, subscription to the various services and issuance of licenses for the use of any part of our tech will be expected to help generate revenue. Calidad is currently collaborating with the following institution and individuals in Ghana: Kosmos Innovation Center, Kosmos Energy, CSIR-Animal Research Institute, Veterinary Services Directorate, Prof. Kayang (Head of Animal Science Department, University of Ghana) and Dr. Otsyina (Veterinary Surgeon and Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana)
I am 24 years old and have a background in Agricultural Biotechnology. I have a passion for Agriculture and thus always looking out for the challenges in the industry so I can profer solutions. I developed an interest in programming during my undergraduate days and started out to learn a few programming languages. A friend introduced me to tensor flow and seeing the possibilities of this innovation I wondered how it could be useful in the Agric space. I applied for an Agritech challenge organized by Kosmos Energy in Ghana and during the interview, I discussed the use of tensor flow in disease diagnosis with the panel and the idea seemed novel to them. I had previously been working with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture where I observed farmers were constantly reporting the incidence of disease outbreak, I decided to find a few experts in tensor flow to discuss the possibility of this solution and I got selected to be part of a cohort of entrepreneurs where we have been receiving coaching on our ideas. I got inducted into the Kosmos Fellowship after I had presented this idea to the DIAC team from Dallas. I am very determined, disciplined and possess strong problem-solving skills.