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SPHI Brief 2016: Remote sensing as a monitoring tool for cropping area determination in smallholder agriculture in Tanzania and Uganda

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)-based remote sensing technology is a game changer in the gathering of agricultural statistics data.  Relatively low-cost platforms, coupled with high quality sensors and sophisticated-yet-user-friendly processing techniques allows gathering of accurate crop statistics data at large extent, with minimal effect of clouds. This document highlights the efforts that are being led by the International Potato Center (CIP) to develop cost-effective methods that utilize UAV as a platform to collect accurate and timely data for agricultural statistics.