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Description of the innovative solution

Big data Digital platform Drone technology Online services Sensors Agricultural development Urban planning Urban farming

Nano-drones have the potential to bring improvements to the food system. While drones have been used in agriculture for some time (e.g. precision agriculture), nano-drones have been used to a lesser degree. As technology improves (e.g. sensors become smaller, flight precision improves and cloud-based image processing improves), nano-drones will likely be increasingly used in the food system. Applications include their use in production and breeding, and along the value chain. An example is pest and disease detection and treatment of agricultural crops and livestock. For crop production, an advantage of nano-drones over larger drones is that they can directly quantify crop traits using methods (e.g., object‐oriented classification) that require less image calibration and interpretation than the currently used spectral approaches.

Supply chain segment

Agricultural inputs and primary production practices

Maturity level

Moving to scale


Reducing pollution

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation


Urban Peri-urban Rural Marine/Coastal

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Overview of UAV in agriculture
Scientific paper
Overview of the applications of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), including micro and nanodrones, in agriculture, exploring advantages and potential drawbacks.
Shared by IFSS Research Team


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