Drone - delivery of seed and inputs

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

Print date: 14 April 2024 10:24

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Collaboration Drone technology Sharing economy

Solar-powered drones have the potential to deliver seeds and other agricultural inputs to hard-to-reach areas, particularly after disasters, in an environmentally friendly way. This method of drone delivery promises to drastically improve the quality of life for many people, by improving food security. Places that might lack the necessary infrastructure to get seed or other agricultural inputs easily or areas that have recently been subject to disasters, such as natural disaster or war, usually face problems with food security. By giving the farmers in these areas access to necessary agricultural inputs food security could be greatly improved. Additionally, by using solar-powered, the environmental impact of this practice of delivery is almost zero. With the delivery of seeds and agricultural inputs by solar-powered drones, global food security could be increased and the lives of many could be bettered, without much environmental cost.

Supply chain segment

Agricultural inputs and primary production practices

Maturity level



Food affordability Climate adaptation Increasing agrobiodiversity

SDG target

SDG 1: No Poverty SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth SDG 10: Reduced Inequality SDG 13: Climate Action



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Impact of drone delivery on sustainability and cost: Realizing the UAV potential through vehicle routing optimization
Scientific paper
This article provides an analysis of the cost effectiveness and environmental friendliness of delivery by UAVs.


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