Presentation delivered by Giacomo Rambaldi, CTA Senior programme coordinator ICTs, on 17 July 2017 at the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Symposium-AFI 2017, in Abuja, Nigeria
The Symposium with the theme Remotely piloted aviation in Africa: sharing experiences and challenges has been held from 17 to 18 July 2017 at the Abuja Sheraton Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria. The event, hosted by the Government of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Transportation (Aviation Sector), provided an opportunity for States, international organisations and stakeholders to share experiences in addressing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) / RPAS operations across the African continent and Indian Ocean focusing on challenges to be overcome and benefits to be obtained, identifying how existing rules need to evolve to facilitate entrance of the RPAS community into the civil aviation system, examining alignment between ongoing RPAS development and supporting regulatory provisions.
Giacomo’s presentation focuses on what the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) has done in the domain of UAV4Ag (drones for agriculture) in Africa, and the challenges regulations pose to the development of the UAV-based industry. Specifically, while public safety and privacy are of paramount importance, too stringent regulations imposed on the import and use of UAVs, or costs associated to obtaining of commercial use licenses, risk jeopardising this very promising advisory service niche which so attractive to young African entrepreneurs.
Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Service (MUIIS) is an innovative project that harnesses the power of satellite data to support extension and advisory services to farmers in Uganda. A critical component of MUIIS is the capacity building activities of farmer organisations to own the information service and provide advisory services to their members.
The project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) through the G4AW Facility of Netherlands Space Office (NSO) and it is being implemented by CTA in partnership with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), aWhere Inc., the East African Farmers’ Federation (EAFF), EARS Earth Environment Monitoring (EARS-E2M), the eLEAF Competence Center (eLEAF), and Mercy Corps, Uganda.
Denis Cosmas Acobi, Senior Programme Officer, Mercy Corps, Uganda explains what it is all about.
Diadoma Jean François Régis Debré, Director General of the company Espace Géomatique S.A.R.L. summaries his ongoing project in Burkina Faso, aimed at establishing a nation-wide flood alert system. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used in the process of data gathering.