Story by Veejay Villafranca for FAO

 

In the Philippines, the national Department of Agriculture and The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have developed a project that uses state-of-the-art drone technology to monitor the health of crops and speed up recovery when natural disasters damage them.

 

While a person can only survey seven hectares of land per day, drones can assess 200 hectares in just 30 minutes, gathering accurate, real-time information on disaster-caused damage. This helps relief efforts, enabling government and partners to assist faster those most in need. Farmers are often the worst affected by extreme weather events. Following the destruction of one season of crops, entire livelihoods are often at stake.    

 

“The Philippines has almost 20 typhoons every year, so our farmers experience losses from calamities. This drone program has changed our work because it lessens the time spent in the validation of the total damage caused.”

 

As a Department of Agriculture employee, Lowell Rebillaco uses innovative tools such as drones, together with his technical expertise in data management and project evaluation to help other farmers improve production. This includes advising farmers on better cropping techniques and developing reports on vegetation, crop health, and in the event of natural calamities, assessing damage to crops and livestock from floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and pests.

 

While Rebillaco has been able to use his expertise to help other farmers and also improve his own farming, he says that local farmers often strengthen the government’s work by sharing their own knowledge and expertise.

 

While Rebillaco has been able to use his expertise to help other farmers and also improve his own farming, he says that local farmers often strengthen the government’s work by sharing their own knowledge and expertise.

 

FAO project TCP/PHI/3604 - Development of an Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA)
FAO project TCP/PHI/3604 - Development of an Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA)
FAO project TCP/PHI/3604 - Development of an Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA)
FAO project TCP/PHI/3604 - Development of an Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA)
FAO project TCP/PHI/3604 - Development of an Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA)
FAO project TCP/PHI/3604 - Development of an Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA)
FAO project TCP/PHI/3604 - Development of an Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA)
FAO project TCP/PHI/3604 - Development of an Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA)
FAO project TCP/PHI/3604 - Development of an Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA)
FAO project TCP/PHI/3604 - Development of an Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA)
FAO project TCP/PHI/3604 - Development of an Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA)
FAO project TCP/PHI/3604 - Development of an Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA)