The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) confirms closure by end of 2020.

Giacomo Rambaldi

Sr Programme Coordinator, ICT4Ag, CTA


Giacomo Rambaldi 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. He 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.



With decision EX.CL/Dec. 986-1007 (XXXII), the African Union (AU) has established one of the most important incentives for its member states – to use drones to boost Africa’s development and accelerate transformation on the continent. Indeed, drones have been used to solve many development problems in the fields of agriculture, health, infrastructure monitoring, surveying and soil mapping, among others, and have the potential to find further application.


  1. Drones in agriculture in Africa and other ACP countries

    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.

  2. Getting drones off the ground in Africa

    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.

  3. 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. Sep 26

    African Drone Forum 2020 - Transforming mobility through technology

    The 2020 African Drone Forum comprises a symposium, an exposition and a flying competition. The symposium and the exposition take place in Kigali from February 5 to 7, 2020. Competitive flights start on February 8, 2020.

  2. Sep 26

    2019 Grand Challenges Annual Meeting

    The 2019 Grand Challenges Annual Meeting is co-hosted by the African Union, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health, Grand Challenges Canada, the United States Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The meeting includes scientific tracks, with sessions running in parallel, and a series of complementary plenary sessions and side meetings.

  3. Sep 26

    African Green Revolution Forum 2019

    Africa is on the move, with signs of progress and growing prosperity for millions of its people. The continent has witnessed sustained economic growth and a modernisation of its economy for more than two decades powered by an increasingly inclusive agricultural transformation and by rapid growth in digital innovations. 

  4. Sep 26

    UAS for agriculture capacity building in Ethiopia

    Training of Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) and Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research (EIAR) staff in the use of drones and related software applications in the framework of the project "Transforming Africa’s Agriculture: Eyes in the Sky Smart Techs on the…