Blog

Drone technology for cost-effective and environment friendlier farming in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean award-winning start-up Alley Capital Group, assembles drones and offers crop-spraying services. Their equipment is replacing traditional crop spraying platforms which are less efficient and less effective and which can cause serious problems of environmental pollution and pesticide poisoning to human beings. Their drones works more accurately, saving money […]

Mapping informal settlements in Kenya

Maptech Consultants Ltd. is a Kenyan company that provides surveying and mapping services. Since 2017, we are using drones in our regular operations. One of our projects involved the mapping of an informal settlement called Kahawa Soweto, allowing local officials to use the high resolution images to aid them in […]

UAV (Drone) Photogrammetry and GIS for Property Tax Base Assessment

The Local Government System (LGA) in Ghana is premised on the idea that Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) acting as rating authorities at the grassroots level should be able to independently mobilise revenue to finance most of their developmental projects. As rating authorities, MMDAs have the legal mandate to collect […]

Drones demystified during a four-day training

During a four-day training course on drones in Benin, in October 2019, participants learned about many new topics. The types of drones, associated software, the importance of drone-related regulations, the steps for conducting drone missions, and the many different ways in which drones can be used. Field practice and the […]

Using satellite Imagery and GPS for Resettlement Action Plan in Kano, Nigeria

To help prepare a resettlement action plan, Geospatial Research Limited mapped farm plots, households and economic tree crops using GPS and satellite imagery in Kano State, Nigeria. For the first time in history, farmers in these areas saw the full size of their farms, something that allows them to access […]

Transforming Africa’s agriculture into a high-tech industry – #Video

Africa Goes Digital Inc. (AfGD) has been created in 2019 in the framework of the CTA-funded ‘Eyes in the Sky, Smart Techs on the Ground’ project.  In February 2020, the project has  has been selected as a ‘Champion’ within the E-Agriculture category at the 2020 World Summit on the Information […]

How drone technology impacts livelihoods: the case of Nsadwir farming community in Ghana

Smallholder farmers in Ghana’s Central Region face a range of challenges in producing prime varieties of pineapple. The University of Cape Coast is implementing a project using drones and precision agriculture to to assist farmers upscale pineapple production to a commercial level. Aerial views and advice based on index maps […]

Mamy Muziga Ingabire: “We came up with demand-led solutions for using drones”

Managing director of Charis UAS, Mamy Muziga Ingabire, explains how her drone services company has evolved to respond to farmers’ information needs. What led you to launch the first unmanned aerial systems (UAS) company in Rwanda? In the beginning, we never had in mind that this innovation or idea was […]

SOWIT: digital imaging of agriculture in Africa

Remote sensing and artificial intelligence (AI) are being used by agri-tech start-up SOWIT to help African farmers in 15 countries optimise their crop yields. For Hamza Bendahou and Rkha Chaham, tomorrow’s agriculture will involve planting, fertilisation and irrigation, while also tapping the potential of algorithms and AI. These young entrepreneur […]

Harmonising Africa’s drone regulations

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, […]