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06.15.2016

A lot of interest for Drones for Agriculture

The issue of the magazine ICT Update n. 82 on “Drones for Agriculture” has raised a lot of interest. The first run of 5000 copies (English and French) is exhausted and a second run is now being printed. 

Good news is that it will soon be available in Swahili and Amharic and hopefully in Spanish thanks to volunteer work from partner organisations (ITC and World Agroforestry Centre Ethiopia). 

Upon request the publisher has dispatched copies which will be distributed to all participants in the 18th annual RPAS conference which will take place in Brussels on 22-23 June, to the RPAS Stakeholder Meeting which will take place at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Koln, Germany next week and to a high level GIS-related meeting in Kampala, Uganda. 

Organisations / institutions interested in supporting the versioning of the issue in an additional language are welcome to contact Giacomo Rambaldi of CTA (rambaldi@cta.int) off list.

About Drones for agriculture special issue

Drones or Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used to collect very high spatial resolution images that, alone or combined with other data streams, are increasingly being used to support decision-making at fine spatial scales. The ICT Update agricultural magazine has recently published a special issue on the use of this relatively new technology in agriculture. The STARS project is featured in this special issue in an article that outlines the role of UAVs to improve agricultural practices in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia as well as the various challenges that need to be overcome for a successful use of UAVs and of UAV images to advance the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

For more information please see the ICT Update website or download the Drones for agriculture special issue.

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