Drones: 5 reasons why the World Food Programme is using them

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are one of the latest digital innovation breakthroughs in humanitarian assistance

Thanks to their relatively low costs and unique mobility, drones are increasingly seen as valuable tools for humanitarian response. Photo: WFP/ Laura Lacanale

1. Faster access, greater reach

With the support of the Belgium Government, WFP has organized UAV use and coordination workshops in Myanmar, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Mozambique and Niger (video).

2. High-resolution imagery and cost effectiveness

Drones can provide high resolution images at a fraction of the cost of satellite imagery. Photo: WFP/ Laura Lacanale

3. A valuable asset in emergency preparedness

4. Monitoring climate change, soil health and much more

Monitoring tool used to process drone imagery in Colombia. Photo: WFP Photolibrary

5. The humanitarian panorama needs innovation

For more information on drones and their use in the humanitarian context, follow World Food Programme.

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