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African Development Bank to hold completion workshop on Tunisia drones trial in the agricultural sector

Event location: 
Tunis, Tunisie
Organiser: 
African Development Bank

What: Workshop and Exhibition on drone use in agriculture

Who:  African Development Bank

When: 30 October 2019

Where: Mövenpick Hotel du Lac Tunis, Tunisia

 

The African Development Bank will host a completion workshop on 30 October, 2019 in Tunis to share lessons learned from the pilot project of using drones to improve the agricultural productivity in the Sidi Bouzid region of central Tunisia.

The model involves the use of drones to collect and analyze data, and monitor irrigated areas, as well as combat pests. It was launched by the Bank, jointly with the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, and the Busan Metropolitan City in Korea to boost agriculture production.

More than 100 participants from the public and private sectors will attend the workshop, which will cover lessons learned on the use of drones in the preparation, supervision, and evaluation of agricultural schemes. It will also highlight good practices to scale in other African countries.

The Bank will present its High Five priorities and other interventions designed to modernize agriculture in Africa. There will also be sessions on transfer of drone technology and its use in  other sectors such as transport and urban development.

In 2017, Africa imported $64.5 billion worth of food. ‘Feed Africa’ is one of the Bank’s High 5s to transform and industrialize African agriculture and make the continent a net food exporter by 2025.

The drone technology has provided key information on how to optimize the use of irrigation systems and fertilizers, detect early diseases that affect agricultural production, and to improve decision-making.

The discussions  will also focus on business opportunities for young African start-ups and entrepreneurs who, in turn, will share their experiences. There will be an exhibition to highlight data collection and its use in the Sidi Bouzid area.

Forty Tunisian drone pilots have been trained, including four of them as trainers. The team of Tunisian experts who contributed to the deployment of the operation also benefited from training and technology transfers in data collection by drones, and their analysis through dedicated computer applications.

The Busan Techno Park, a South Korean government agency, based in the port city of Busan, implemented the project. 

The African Development Bank initiated this project in consultation with the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries. Thanks to the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Trust Fund, the project mobilized resources and technologies necessary for the success of this tripartite cooperation through the Bank’s coordination.

The partnership between the African Development Bank and Tunisia also spans other sectors such as energy, water, transport, agriculture, social development, and information and communications technology for nearly half a century.

 

 

Yuna Choi, External Relations and Communication Officer

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