Drone high-load delivery

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 05 September 2022 13:15

Description of the innovative solution

Closing nutrient loop Digital platform Drone technology Agricultural development Agricultural extension Food delivery Food biodiversity Desert agriculture Infrastructure Supply-chain management

The use of drones for commercial purposes is rapidly increasing, in many sectors. Drone technology is also improving, allowing for safer machines that can carry increasingly larger loads. Distribution of food in low and middle-income countries is often challenging, given unreliable roads, labour, weather and infrastructures, resulting in high amounts of food waste and unequal distribution of foods across regions and rural/urban areas - particularly for perishable and nutrient-dense food groups. This innovation proposes to utilize drone technology to introduce micro, rapid and reliable deliveries, connecting farmers directly with markets, and increasing access to healthy foods and potentially lowering costs through less waste. This does not require waiting for government investment in basic infrastructure such as road transport networks, traditional storage and warehousing, which can take decades and is incredibly expensive. This innovation will also prevent the resulting traffic (time, air pollution, GHG emissions) issues from expanding road networks.

Supply chain segment

Handling, storage and transport/distribution

Maturity level

Moving to scale


Climate adaptation Reducing pollution

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being SDG 10: Reduced Inequality SDG 13: Climate Action


Peri-urban Rural

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Cargo Drones: The Urban Parcel Delivery Network Tomorrow
News article, popular press or blog post
This article addresses interesting questions around the concept of "cargo drones" and how it can revolutionize supply chain networks.
E-Agriculture in Action: Drones for agriculture
This evaluation provides a review how drones have the potential to improve agricultural production and environmental health in the future.


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