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Giacomo Rambaldi

‎Sr. Programme Coordinator, ICT4D Innovation at CTA

‎Sr. Programme Coordinator, ICT4D Innovation at CTA

Giacomo Rambaldi


Giacomo Rambaldi is Sr. Programme Coordinator ICTs at the Technical Centre for Agricultural & Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) in Wageningen, Netherlands.

He has 34 years of professional experience in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean where he worked for various international organisations including FAO and the Asian Development Bank and on projects funded by the Italian Aid to Development and the European Commission. He holds a degree in agricultural sciences from the State University of Milan, Italy.

At present, he is coordinating CTA’s global project on ICT4Ag and a stream of activities related to the deployment of drone technology in agriculture. Giacomo has been leading Web2.0 and Social Media capacity building activities at CTA and earned worldwide recognition for his work as the recipient of the 2013 WSIS Project Prize in the category e-agriculture. He also leads activities in the domain of participatory GIS. One of his projects earned CTA the 2007 World Summit Award in the category e-culture. In collaboration with other members of the ICT4Ag team, Giacomo animates large thematic Communities of Practice which underpin CTA work on ICT4Ag.


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In October 2017, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) in partnership with the NEPAD Agency, conducted a survey to understand the perceptions surrounding the use of drones for agriculture. Approximately 13,000 individuals (mainly English and French-speaking readers of CTA e-publications or members of CTA-managed communities of practice) received an invitation to participate in the survey.


Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), popularly known as drones, have flown out of the pages of science fiction and arrived in Africa. A rush of recent research, pilot and exploratory activities have evaluated the technology and identified sectors where it can best benefit the people of the continent. Now it is questions of national policy that will determine how far drones will go.


  1. Drone governance

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones open up a new technological frontier and offer a range of exciting opportunities for the management of crops, livestock, fisheries, forests and other natural resource-based activities. UAVs also offer opportunities, at the grassroots’ level, for communities to monitor use of and access to the resources that their livelihoods depend upon.


  1. Nov 28

    EXCO2019 - The International Cooperation Expo

    The success of business in development cooperation passes through sustainability: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as opportunities for the private sector. EXCO2019 is the first and only global expo dedicated to the innovative solutions provided by the actors of development cooperation: national and international agencies, governments, financial institutions, civil society and in partic…
  2. Nov 28

    SIDS Knowledge day: "Mobilisation of knowledge systems for sustainable development: new challenges for local knowledge of the SIDS"

    The event, organised by UNESCO Natural sciences sector, division of Science policy and capacity-building small islands and indigenous knowledge (SII),  is designed to inform UNESCO's five sectors and permanent delegations of the small island developing states (SIDS) about the application of information communications technologies and participatory geographic information systems to the challe…
  3. Nov 28

    Training in the use of UAS:​ Mission planning, piloting and imagery acquisition

    Training representatives from 16 African enterprises based in Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, and Senegal, in the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for service delivery. The participants will be trained in mission planning, drone piloting and high resolution imagery acquisition.