Technical Centre for Agricultural & Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), The Netherlands
Giacomo Rambaldi is Sr. Programme Coordinator ICTs at the Technical Centre for Agricultural & Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) in Wageningen, Netherlands. He has 34 years of professional experience in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean where he worked for various international organizations including FAO and the Asian Development Bank and on projects funded by the Italian Aid to Development and the European Commission. He holds a degree in agricultural sciences from the State University of Milan, Italy. At present he is coordinating CTA’s global project on ICT4Ag and a stream of activities related to the deployment of drone technology in agriculture. Giacomo has been leading Web2.0 and Social Media capacity building activities at CTA and earned worldwide recognition for his work as recipient of the 2013 WSIS Project Prize in the category e-agriculture. He also leads activities in the domain of participatory GIS. One of his projects earned CTA the 2007 World Summit Award in the category e-culture. In collaboration with other members of the ICT4Ag team, Giacomo animates large thematic Communities of Practice which underpin CTA work on ICT4Ag.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) offer exciting opportunities for crops, livestock, fisheries, forests and other natural resources. In Africa small-scale farming needs to become more productive, sustainable and profitable. UAS services can help make this possible by bringing some of the tools of precision farming to smallholder producers, as well as medium and large scale agricultural enterprises. UAS services are provided by entrepreneurs who invest in the equipment, learn the skills to use it, help analyse the data and interpret the findings. UAS can also help increase returns to farmers and create knowledge-intensive employment opportunities in rural areas, offering educated youth an alternative to migrating to the cities. CTA, has recognised these opportunities and has initiated a series of activities including training, networking and support to acquisition of equipment so that new UAS providers can service farmers and farmers’ organisations within their respective countries.