High tech humanitarians: Drones come to the World Food Program

The World Food Program is using drones! The organization says that this technology will play a key role in advancing the fight against hunger.

The head of WFP’s technology division told CBS News that the use of drones
will greatly reduce humanitarian response time and make the delivery of
assistance more efficient and cost effective. But assistance with deliveries is
not the only area in which drones can be useful.

Drones have proven to be valuable in collecting data. For example, in
Mozambique, the WFP deployed drones to analyze flood prone areas. The
information was then relayed to the government’s disaster management agency,
which evacuated people living in the areas that will be affected by floods
before they actually occur. Reducing the potential loss of life greatly.
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iAID Perspective

Drones have an almost unexplainable appeal, growing steadily in the eyes of
the public. The humanitarian aid and conservation worlds have been adamant
followers of this trend. Unfortunately, many of the publications reporting on
the success of drones, only promote the “”great”” potential, and negate the
reality behind the efficient and real usage of such systems. At iAID we believe
drones have a real role to play, but the marriage between the specific drone
and the specific mission must be arranged carefully and objectively. It must be
done through interested parties who may not have the mission and result as
their primary focus. We are putting ourselves as the primary caregivers. We
provide organizations with an objective and professional source to evaluate
their real potential and the responsible road for implementation.

-Nir Tenenbaum, iAID Co-Founder and C.I.O

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