AI, Food for All. Dialogue and Experiences

Vatican City, September 15th. – After the successful Rome Call for AI Ethics on 28 February 2020, Microsoft, IBM, the Pontifical Academy for Life and FAO agreed to organize an online event in September 24th with the signatories of the Rome Call for AI Ethics.


This will be an important step in the journey that began with the Rome Call in February 2020 and that will continue with a concrete AI projectwith Microsoft, IBM, the Vatican and FAO on exemplary use of AI in the food value chain.

The global partnership between the Rome Call signatories ratified on 28 February is focused on an ethical approach to provide concrete and ethically-founded solutions to the agri-food sector, in a context marked by COVID-19 that can seriously affect food security and nutrition.

The September 24 online event has 3 main objectives; to resume and relaunch the signature of the Call; to showcase concrete solutions to the agri-food business thanks to an ethical use of AI (thus opening up to new international partners) and to indicate the post COVID-19 route.

The90-minute online event will be moderated. Participants: FAO Director-General Mr. Qu Dongyu; Executive Vice President of IBM Mr. John Kelly III; President of Microsoft Mr. Brad Smith; President of the Pontifical Academy for Life Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia.

During the session, some concrete experiences of using Artificial Intelligence to ethically address global environmental challenges will be presented, and there will be a space for dialogue among the participants.