e-Agriculture Newsletter October, 2017
FOCUS ON 'AN INTRODUCTION TO DRONES IN AGRICULTURE' LEARNING ACTIVITY
Are you interested in learning about Drones or Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAV) and their use in agriculture and rural development? Would you like to participate in a self-learning activity on drones?
If so, the e-Agriculture Community of Practice is pleased to announce the upcoming e-Agriculture learning activity on the use of drones in agriculture and rural development. This self-paced learning activity will open on the e-Agriculture Platform from the 16th to the 27th of October 2017. Interested individuals are encouraged to complete the registration form here.
The purpose of the self-learning activity on drones
This self-learning activity is intended to bring an appreciation on the subject of drones to members and followers of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice (CoP). This activity is designed to introduce anybody within the agricultural domain to the use of drones by explaining what they are, defining the common terms and components found in a drone and the sharing several experiences on how drones are used in agriculture and rural development.
Drones are also known as ‘unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)’ and these are small aircrafts without a human pilot aboard. Drones have been applied in different aspects of agriculture, for example in pests control and land use monitoring. Agriculture is one of the fastest adopters of this technology and the following are some of the entry points in this discipline:- soil and field analysis, forest monitoring, planting, crop spraying, irrigation, plant breeding and crop health assessment and pests’ management.
It is envisaged that the use of drones will have a positive effect in farming practices and increase both farmers efficiency and in turn productivity. The following are the learning objectives:-
The structure of the activity
The self-learning activity will integrate various resources in form of blogs, webinars, audio-visuals and other materials available online and/or made available by the members and followers of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice (CoP). The learning activity will run from the 16th to the 27th of October, and is comprised of three units, (i) Unit 1: Introduction to drones and how they are applied in agriculture, (ii) Unit 2: Successes and challenges of using drones in agriculture, and (iii) Unit 3: Policy issues to consider in using drones in agriculture.
Registration and participation
This self-learning activity is designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in drones in the agricultural domain. There are no prerequisites and no previous experience or knowledge required. Once registered participants would only need to have access to the internet and access to e-Agriculture platform.
Enroll now by completing this short registration form. Should you have any questions or are interested to share information that can be of benefit to this activity write to email@example.com
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