A drone service providing real-time information regarding optimal resource management in agriculture.
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.
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.
Farmers in Mozambique and Kenya
ThirdEye provides the user with the drone service.
Type of visuals supported (maps, charts, heat maps, layers, other)
Resource management, M&E, survey for project manegement (baseline, midline, and endline), household surveys for Health, Ag, financial inclusion, water, education,other, academic research survey, impact evaluations, market research, other (specify)
Specify the type of data collected by this service [Text, Numbers, Multimedia (Photos, video, audio, etc), Location, Other]
Mobile app data collection, remote sensing, government census data, etc.
Is the data from this application available?
Supported formats (JSON, XLS, CSV, KML, XML, other)
Telecommunication service required for the product/service to work (Mobile data, SMS, voice, Internet, Other)
Devices required for the product/service to work. (smartphone ,feature phone, computer, tablet, other [specify])
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.
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.
• 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.
NDVI technology allows the drone to analyze in real-time the state of the crops, thus providing farmers with the information needed to evaluate their resource use.
Furthermore, over 3,500 farmers have used the service (71% female), in Mozambique and water productivity is said to have increased by 55%, resulting in more crop per drop. To measure the performance, groups of smallholder farmers were surveyed in areas where ThirdEye is active and where it is not (used as control group to correct water productivity results). Groups were questioned about changes in crop production and water usage, between the previous and current years, allowing to evaluate changes in water productivity.
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