Updated on October 1, 2020


Created on September 9, 2020


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A drone service providing real-time information regarding optimal resource management in agriculture.

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Product Description

ThirdEye is an information service designed to provide farmers with information regarding the state of the field and crops. It enables the optimization of agricultural resources, such as water, seeds, fertilizer, or labor.

ThirdEye uses a drone equipped with a camera and NDVI technology, allowing to process field images and detect crop stress up to 10 days in advance thus helping to decide where and when to allocate limited resources. It provides real-time outputs that can be seen, in the field, with a tablet, monitoring of land use, channels, and river-beds.


Distributors / Implementing Organizations

In Mozambique, ThirdEye was developed and launched with the support of USAID, Sida and the Dutch Government of Foreign Affairs. In Kenya, the service was implemented with the support from Smart Water for Agriculture program implemented by SNV.

Manufacturing/Building Method


Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

ThirdEye provides the user with the drone service.

Distributions to Date Status

In Mozambique, there are six ThirdEye operators on the field. Service is provided to over 3500 farmers, covering more than 1600 ha. In Kenya, training has been given to five operators, who will be serving 2000 small-scale farmers.

Design Specifications

ThirdEye uses the camera to measure the reflection of near-infrared light and blue light, allowing the use of the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). The drone flies at a height of 100 meters, saving photographic images every five seconds. To cover an area of 100 meters, the device takes approximately 500 images.

Technical Support

In Mozambique, there are six ThirdEye operators on the field. In Kenya, training has been given to five operators.

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Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Provide adequate information, in real-time and at accurate position, assisting farmers in decision making concerning the optimal application of limited resources such as water, seeds, fertilizer and labor.

Vetted Performance Status

• More than 3,500 farmers have used the service (71% are female) • Water productivity is said to have increased by 55%


No known safety hazards related to this product.

Complementary Technical Systems

Drone technology

Academic Research and References


Compliance with regulations


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