Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – or drone-based technologies – have the potential to transform smallholder farming and help increase crop production. As a tool of precision agriculture, UAS provide farmers with realtime, actionable data on their land, crops and livestock, and help maximise input efficiency, minimise environmental impacts, optimise produce quality, and minimise risks.
CTA is assisting African start-ups in acquiring the capacity to deliver UAS services to smallholders, under the project Transforming Africa’s agriculture; eyes in the sky, smart techs on the ground.
Thirty youth-led enterprises were selected from across 17 African countries to participate in the project via a competitive process. The aim of the project is to help transform Africa’s subsistence agriculture into a high-tech industry, with decisions based on real-time gathering and processing of data to enhance productivity and yields.