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Drones for Agriculture

E-Agriculture in Action

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FAO and ITU, together with partners, have been working together in addressing same of the challenges faced in agriculture through the use of sustainable ICTs. One of the latest developments is the increase in the use of small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, for agriculture. Drones have a huge potential in agriculture in supporting evidence-based planning and in spatial data collection. Despite some inherent limitations, these tools and technologies can provide valuable data that can then be used to influence policies and decisions.

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Mapping and monitoring rice areas using remote sensing, crop modelling and information and communication technology (ICT)

Rice has been a prime focus for the development of integrated remote sensing and information and communications technology (ICT) based monitoring, mapping and yield estimation systems in South Asian and Southeast Asian countries in order to target food security, which is closely connected to the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. In 2012, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) together with a private partner, sarmap, initiated a project titled “Remote Sensing Based Information and Insurance for Crops in Emerging Economies (RIICE)”. The project was funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and was a public-private partnership aiming to reduce the vulnerability of smallholder farmers engaged in rice production. The geographic extent of Phase-I (2012–2015) of this project spans six target countries located in South Asia and Southeast Asia, namely the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of India, the Republic of Indonesia, the Republic of the Philippines, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam (Figure C1).

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