In 2016, FAO and ITU launched a publication series titled e-Agriculture in Action with the intention to highlight the use of ICT for agriculture in selected areas of relevance to the ecosystem, with the goal to promote successful, scalable, sustainable and replicable ‘ICT for agriculture’ (ICT4Ag) solutions.
The 2018 publication focuses on the increase in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, in agriculture – which was predicted to be the second largest use of drones in the world in the next five years. Drones are being used in various aspects within agriculture – such as cropping, early warning systems, monitoring plants, pest control, animal tracking, forest and environmental monitoring. The series presents case studies on the use of drones in agriculture in a broad facetted nature ranging from regulations and good practices of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), to mapping and monitoring rice areas using remote sensing, crop modelling and information and communication technology (ICT), institutionalizing drone mapping applications for disaster risk management in agriculture, drone technology as a tool for improving agricultural productivity, space technology use in crop insurance as well as the Internet of things (IOT) application in agriculture and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The series of most recent publications documenting success stories and promising practices in e-Agriculture include: