e-Agriculture Newsletter. December, 2017
A REPORT ON THE e-AGRICULTURE LEARNING ACTIVITY ON DRONES
In October 2017, e-Agriculture organized a two week learning activity on the topic of drones for agriculture and rural development. The purpose of this learning activity was to increase the appreciation of and knowledge on the use of drones in agriculture. The activity had over 720 registered participants.
During the two weeks of the learning activity participants received a daily email giving them access to new content and links to live webinars. In this way, participants could go through the resources at their own pace and interact with the other participants through the dedicated pages on the platform. In order to cater for a wider audience, the e-Agriculture team also created a WhatsApp discussion group for this activity - which had 130 active participants.
During the first week of the activity, participants were introduced to the topic and learned about the technology and the different ways of using the technology for agriculture and rural development such as: soil and field analysis, crop monitoring, input management, crop and livestock health, crop insurance, rural advisory services, biodiversity and conservation, land mapping, early warning and disaster risk reduction, forestry and fisheries.
During the second week, more details were given on specific aspects such as academic research on the use of drones for land administration, challenges and successes in monitoring orchards with senseFly products, drone regulations and the use of drones in humanitarian action. The participants also had the opportunity to present their work during a participant's panel.
Even though the activity has come to an end all resources (recordings of webinars, videos, documents, articles, news) remain available on the e-Agriculture platform, for those who missed the event and would like to learn more about the use of drones. After the event, feedback was collected among the participants and all participants would recommend the learning activity to their colleagues or peers! So stay tuned for our next activities!
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