Updated on June 12, 2024


Created on September 9, 2020


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

Developed By
  1. ThirdEye
Tested By
  • FutureWater
  • HiView
  • United States Agency International Developement (USAID)
Content Partners


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.

Target SDGs

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Target Users (Target Impact Group)


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.

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include Agrieye, SenseFly, and AgEagle RX40.

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.

Geocoding supported (Y/N)



High resolution image and crop stress analysis


Crop analysis and precision farming

Type of data collected

Infrared aerial images

Data acquisition methods

Field and crop data

Open source code (Y/N)


Open source data (Y /N/ Other)


Data import/export formats

The service provides aerial crop stress images

Telecommunication service required (Y/N)


Device(s) required


Languages available (list)

English and Portuguese

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.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

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

Replacement Components




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

“ThirdEye Flying Sensors – Flying Sensors to Support Farmers’ Decision Making.” n.d. Thirdeyewater.Com. Accessed June 12, 2024. http://www.thirdeyewater.com/#

“Goal 8.” n.d. Sdgs.Un.Org. Accessed June 12, 2024. https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal8

“Goal 11.” n.d. Sdgs.Un.Org. Accessed June 12, 2024. https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal11

“Goal 15.” n.d. Sdgs.Un.Org. Accessed June 12, 2024. https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal15

“ThirdEye Flying Sensors – Flying Sensors to Support Farmers’ Decision Making.” n.d. Thirdeyewater.Com. Accessed June 12, 2024. http://www.thirdeyewater.com/#panel1

Advisory, In-Field. n.d. “Our Service Improves Farm Management Decisions, Giving.” Futurewater.Nl. Accessed June 12, 2024. https://www.futurewater.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Flyer.pdf

Eye, 1. 1. Background. n.d. “Scan This to Watch Our Video:” Futurewater.Nl. Accessed June 12, 2024. https://www.futurewater.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/DescriptionThirdEyeTechnology.pdf

Third Eye project team. n.d. “ThirdEye Featured in USAID Water Report.” Thirdeyewater.Com. Accessed June 12, 2024. http://www.thirdeyewater.com/mozambique-south/thirdeye-project-featured-in-usaid-water-sector-activities-report/

Third Eye project team. n.d. “FutureWater and HiView Give Lectures on the Use of Flying Sensors.” Thirdeyewater.Com. Accessed June 12, 2024. http://www.thirdeyewater.com/the-netherlands/futurewater-hiview-give-lectures-use-flying-sensors/

Compliance with regulations


Evaluation methods

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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