E-Agriculture

Posts on the topic "environment"

Posts on the topic "environment"

  • Robotic bees could pollinate plants in case of insect apocalypse

    An interesting article appeared in The Guardian and reports that Dutch scientists say they can create millions of bee-like drones to take over if the insects die out. This comes at a timely moment when bees and other pollinators are reported to be under threat. In a recent report the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations noted that “present species extinction rates are 100 to 1 000 times higher than normal due to human impacts”. The solution of robotic bees by scientists at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands is an example of using ICTs to tackle world’s...
  • Focus on COFO24, World Forest Week and the technologies for Forests

    This week is the 6th World Forest Week and it coincides with the 2th session of Food and Agriculture Organization’s Committee on Forestry (COFO) Undoubtedly the focus of this week is forests! The theme of this week is ‘ Forests and the Sustainable Development Goals –from aspiration to action ’ The major highlight of this week is launch of publication, The State of The World’s Forests: Forest Pathways to Sustainable Development, whose aim is to provide new information to help interlinkages and enhance the understanding of how policies on forests and trees help achieve SDG15 and also seeks to...
  • Article Review: Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Environmental Monitoring

    A recently published pre-print article details the usage of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for environmental monitoring. While the article was written within the specific armpit of a project, it raises interesting issues on the use of drones for data collection, ecosystems and river monitoring. The usage of drones, UAVs or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) continues to be widespread within agriculture. Drones are used in cropping, monitoring plants, pests control and many other areas including forest and environmental monitoring. A recently published pre-print article by a group of scholars...
  • What is the value of mobile apps for farmers?

    A review of research on how information services based on mobile phone technology can improve the lives of smallholder farmers has found only patchy evidence of success. The study conducted through an exploratory literature review focused on the impact of mobile phone-enabled services on farmers. They looked at 23 studies of such services in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The study was conducted against a commonly held notion that these services hold a promise for developing world farmers and that these mobile services can improve their yields. Mobile phone services for farmers covered...
  • Using drones for indigenous mapping and monitoring

    Quick read Indigenous territories are facing threats of illegal activities, such as land grabbing and territorial boundary encroachments Technologies such as drones facilitates mapping and monitoring of indigenous land and other natural resources Review of 5 projects on the use of drones in Peru, Guyana and Panama by indigenous communities Indigenous lands are facing a lot of increasing pressures from numerous legal and illegal activities, causing severe environmental degradation and threatening indigenous territorial rights and livelihoods – proposes are recent article . The article reviews...
  • e-Agriculture Learning Activity Drones Webinar: Community Monitoring of Forests in Indigenous Territories in Panama

    WHEN: Friday 20 October 4PM Central European Summer Time - 9 AM Panama To enter the room use the following Adobe Connect link: http://fao.adobeconnect.com/e-agdronespanama/ In the framework of the e-Agriculture learning activity on drones , that runs on the e-Agriculture platform from 16 to 27 October, e-Agriculture is organizing a series of live webinars with different speakers addressing different aspects on the use of drones in agriculture and rural development. If you would like to receive notifications of all the webinars and the information of the activity you can register here Maria...
  • GIS and Remote Sensing for agricultural resource management course

    GIS and Remote Sensing for agricultural resource management Course Date 28th August – 01st September 2017 Location Indepth Research Training Centre, Nairobi, Kenya Description For optimum utilization of available agricultural land resources on a sustainable basis, timely and reliable information...
  • Collect Earth: Land Use and Land Cover Assessment through Augmented Visual Interpretation

    Collect Earth is a free and open source software for land monitoring developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) . The software is part of the set of tools called Open Foris , and was developed with Google Earth , Bing Maps and Google Earth Engine . Collect Earth is designed so that users can analyze high and very high resolution satellite imagery for different purposes, including: Support multi-phase National Forest Inventories Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) assessments Monitoring agricultural land and urban areas Validation of existing...