Monday 16 October: Opening of the activity

Monday 16 October: Opening of the activity

Overview of today's content : 

  1. Introduction
  2. Live opening webinar at 2PM UTC/4PM CEST
  3. Practical information
  4. Exercise 1: Experience capitalization
  5. Warm up: some blogs and websites

1. Introduction

Welcome to the e-Agriculture Learning Activity on the use of drones for agriculture and rural development!

Over the next two weeks we will be discovering different aspects of the use of drones for agriculture and rural development together. We will be using different formats of learning methods such as webinars, text, video, exercises and online discussions. Each day of this learning activity, new information will be made available for you to browse, read and explore. You will receive an email with the summary and link to the content. Once published, the content will remain available on the platform for participants who want to read it at a later time. You can download the programme for the two weeks here. In this way you can schedule in some time for the live sessions of your interest.

2. Live opening webinar 

To start our learning activity we will have a live session during which the facilitators will explain how the activity is organized and where you can share your questions and contributions with the group of participants. We wish you a happy learning period and fruitful exchanges with the other participants.


Monday 16 October 2PM UTC 4PM Central European Summer Time - Webinar Opening Session  

Connect by copy pasting this link to your browser: http://fao.adobeconnect.com/e-agdrones1/

Log-in as a guest with your name and/or organization. The recording of the webinar will be made available here after the session

3. Practical information


During this course you can always ask the e-Agriculture Team for help writing an email to e-agriculture@fao.org or by posting your questions on the platform. We will try to help you as soon as possible!

Time of the webinars

All live webinars are scheduled at the same time - 2PM UTC or 4PM  Central European Summer Time. Please find below a list of timezones so you can check at what time the webinars take place for you! Do not forget recordings will be made available after each webinars, so if the time is not convenient for you you can always watch the recording at a later time.

  • San Diego 7 AM
  • Panama 9 AM
  • Washington DC 10 AM
  • Santiago de Chile 11 AM
  • Accra 2PM
  • Dakar 2PM
  • Brussels 4 PM
  • Rome 4 PM
  • Budapest 4 PM
  • Nairobi 5PM
  • New Delhi 7.30 PM
  • Bangkok 9 PM
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Let us watch this video on the use of drones for precision agriculture by Agribusiness TV

4. Exercise 

Exercise 1: Experience on the use of drones

For the first exercise each participant is requested to submit a short experience on the use of drones. You can share your own experience or the experience from an organization or project of your choice. In case you are writing about an experience that is not yours ensure to clearly mention the sources you have used. We are looking for short texts of 300 to 500 words, replying to the following questions.

  1. Describe for what purpose the drones were used and in which context?
  2. What challenges were faced using the drones?
  3. What lessons can be drawn from this experience?
  4. Additional resources (list links to additional information on the experience if available).  

Submit your exercise by Monday the 23rd of October on the following page. On Monday the 23rd of October, participants, experts and facilitators will go through the submissions and offer comments or ask questions.

5. Warm up: some blogs and websites 

Warming up? Take a look at the following blog posts, news and websites to get a first taste of the topic.

A few of the articles on drones previously posted on e-Agriculture.org

Centre for Technical Cooperation in the APC-Region (CTA) and ICT Update

Are you interested in ICTs for Agriculture (ICT4Ag), in general, and the use of drones for agriculture in particular? Make sure you join the UAV4Ag communities on social media  ! For many years, CTA has been on the forefront of introducing innovative technologies within the entire agricultural value chain to improve agricultural production and food security. You can find interesting updates on their projects and stories from the field on their corporate (www.cta.int) and thematic websites like http://ict4ag.cta.int and http://muiis.cta.int . CTA also publishes a magazine on ICT4Ag called ICT Update. You can consult articles and download entire issues via http://ictupdate.cta.int.

Take a look at the following publications that are specifically about drones:

Consult the Global drone regulations database which has been developed as a multiagency effort and to which you may want to contribute www.droneregulations.info

We will learn more about the work of CTA on drones on Thursday 26 October. We will share a recorded presentation from Giacomo Rambaldi on regulations, privacy, and safety. You will be able to ask questions to Giacomo on the page dedicated to this topic.

Perception survey on the use of drones in agriculture

Starting last week, CTA has been running a perception survey on the use of drones for agriculture. You may be interested in sharing your opinion. The survey can be taken in English and French. For more information and participation in the survey: click here


UAV4Ag is a Dgroups based community of practice on the use of UAVs for agriculture. It is a CoP of over 800 members from 100 countries, that share their experiences in developing UAV technologies and related software applications. Events, capacity development opportunities and resources are shared and there is a strong focus on existing and forthcoming policies, laws and regulations governing the use of UAVs. The moderation of this community is jointly managed by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA). You can join the CoP for free and stay in the loop! The CoP can also be followed on twitter ( www.twitter.com/uav4ag) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/uav4ag )


UAViators (www.uaviators.org) is a community with over 2,900 members from more than 120 countries. Its mission is to promote safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs for data collection and cargo delivery in a wide range of humanitarian and development settings. UAViators aims to develop and champion international guidelines for the responsible use of UAVs. The community documents lessons learned and best practices, organizes forums, and convene experts meetings to facilitate information sharing, coordination and learning.

Did you read a great blog on the topic of drones? Did you come across an article that you think no one should miss? Do you know a website that brings together valuable information? If yes, why not share the link and some information by commenting on this post!

The e-Agriculture learning activity on drones for agriculture and rural development aims at bringing an introduction to the topic and is not exhaustive. There are many organizations and private sector actors working on this topic and we are only presenting a few, based on voluntary contributions and freely accessible materials. e-Agriculture does not want to endorse any practice or model over another. We, therefore, welcome any other contributions of relevant content during the period of the course. 

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