this is my first post on this list. I work for a development agency www.cta.int and we support the spread and adoption of innovative technologies in the domains of agriculture / fisheries / etc in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
Since members of this list include a number of "sUAV services" service providers here is my 1st question:
While it appears quite intuitive to guess that the outputs of sUAV-based surveying / crop monitoring is more cost effective compared to using other technologies like piloted aircrafts and satellites, I was wondering if anybody has done / is aware of some comparative cost and benefit analysis done on the subject.
Last but not least I would like to inform you that CTA in partnership with CIP, set up a community of people working mainly in developing countries, all interested in UAVs for agriculture. Members from 68 countries are on board so far, including reps from development agencies (WB, FAO, CIP, IFAD, USAID, etc) which are increasingly interested in the topic. Interested parties can join the community via www.uav4ag.org
Looking forward to read some reactions to my inquiry about 'cost and benefit' ....
Best regards to all
Senior Programme Coordinator, ICTs
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA)