For the very first episode of the learning series, Dr. Hadi Jaafar discusses the intersection between technology and agricultural practices through the fascinating concept of satellite imaging and precision farming.
Get ready to delve into the concept of remote sensing technology, exploring its applications in the field of agriculture and its potential to enhance traditional farming practices. You will learn the process of extracting valuable information from images obtained through remote sensing as well as the opportunities it presents for startups in the agricultural sector. Furthermore, this episode highlights the pivotal role of technology in revolutionizing and modernizing the agricultural industry.
About The Trainer
Dr. Jaafar is an international expert in remote sensing technologies in agriculture. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Agriculture at the American University of Beirut where he serves as an Associate Professor of Irrigation and Water Management. At AUB, he founded AgHive, the research hub for smart irrigation and remote sensing, and geospatial technologies. With the help of a Google-funded research grant and a grant from IHE delft, he and his team designed and developed AgSAT, the world’s only free mobile smart irrigation application that yields irrigation runtimes and amounts using remote sensing and weather data anywhere on land.
Dr. Jaafar has led and is currently leading several international research projects in collaboration with many organizations such as NASA, USDA, IHE-Delft, Google, and PRIMA. He is currently a member of the Surface Biology & Geology Applications Working Group led by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory – NASA at the California Institute of Technology, and a committee member of the Water and Development Partnership Program at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. He is also an international consultant for the World Bank, FAO, ESCWA, UNDP, and other organizations.
About the Learning Series
The Berytech learning series offers a collection of 15-minute learning videos featuring passionate experts from the Berytech Community. In these condensed videos, we dive into curated topics, including Agriculture, Food, Renewable Energy, and Clean Technology; providing rich and concise content on the latest trends, advancements, challenges, and opportunities in these sectors locally, regionally, and internationally.
This episode of the learning series was produced under the Agrytech Accelerator Program. The Agrytech Accelerator Program was conceived to make sure Lebanon has the most competitive companies that are sourcing, solving, growing and transforming food, as well as feeding the world from Lebanon. The Agrytech Accelerator Program was launched by Berytech and co-funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lebanon to enable the Lebanese entrepreneurial ecosystem and stimulate innovation and startup creation in the agriculture and food technology sectors.
Berytech supports innovations across these sectors by offering startups the resources, knowledge, support, and funding necessary to scale their ideas and grow them to penetrate international markets.