From Theory to Practice: WFP Drones in action

Where we've been and what we've done
Technical Working Group

Working with the humanitarian community

Site Surveys and Line of Sight
Community Participation
Damage Assessment
Search and Rescue
Crop Monitoring
Flood Modelling
Connectivity
Communication
Cargo Delivery
WFP's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Technical Working Group (TWG) aims to build a community of stakeholders around the safe and responsible use of drones in humanitarian activities. The TWG serves as a platform to exchange ideas, best practices and help improve multi-stakeholder buy-in and coordination. There are four key areas of focus: Ethics, Regulations and Operations, Imagery, and Connectivity. ...
Emergency response

Mozambique

Site Surveys and Line of Sight
Community Participation
Damage Assessment
Search and Rescue
Crop Monitoring
Flood Modelling
Connectivity
Communication
When Cyclones Idai and Kenneth struck Mozambique in 2019, WFP deployed drones for the first time in an emergency response and worked alongside the country's National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) to coordinate and ensure operational safety. Drones provided rapid post-disaster assessments and detailed mapping, opening up a wealth of information and helping support the efforts of 20 humanitarian partners on the ground reach people in need.  ...
Emergency response

Dominica

Site Surveys and Line of Sight
Community Participation
Damage Assessment
Crop Monitoring
Category-5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean region in 2017, cutting off large swaths of affected populations across several islands including Dominica. ...
Capacity building

Bolivia

Community Participation
Crop Monitoring
Communication
In December 2018, the World Food Programme (WFP) conducted a series of workshops in La Paz, Bolivia consisting of three modules: Let’s COORDINATE, on strengthening cooperation between national and international stakeholders; Let’s FLY, a a practical flight exercise; and Let’s MAP on processing data. In addition to local and national disaster management authorities, regional representatives from Cuba, El Salvador, Panama and Peru joined this six-day event. ...
Capacity building

Colombia

Community Participation
Damage Assessment
Search and Rescue
At the end of November 2018, the World Food Programme (WFP) conducted a series of workshops in Bogota, Colombia consisting of three modules: Let’s COORDINATE, on strengthening cooperation between national and international stakeholders; Let’s FLY, a a practical flight exercise; and Let’s MAP on processing data.This training package was built on the original coordination workshop conducted by WFP with support from the Government of Belgium in December 2017. ...
Capacity building

El Salvador Regional Training

Community Participation
Flood Modelling
In June 2019, WFP delivered all three UAS training modules in El Salvador and hosted a regional workshop for Central America, which brought together academic, government and humanitarian organizations from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.  ...
Capacity building

Ethiopia

Site Surveys and Line of Sight
Community Participation
Damage Assessment
Search and Rescue
WFP delivered a drone training in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during May 2019 to bolster local capacity. The training empowered the country office to purchase drone equipment and support local efforts to tackle key challenges including food security, disaster risk management and pest control. WFP is also exploring whether drones can be used in Ethiopia to supplement satellite imagery for the Satellite Based Index Insurance Programme (SIIPE). ...
Capacity building

Madagascar

Community Participation
Search and Rescue
In September 2018, the World Food Programme (WFP) held the first joint-UAS training in the region and helped spark a unique South-South collaboration between Madagascar and Mozambique. The training paired facilitators and participants from both countries' disaster management offices INGC and BNGRC.  ...
Capacity building

Mozambique

Site Surveys and Line of Sight
Community Participation
Damage Assessment
Search and Rescue
Crop Monitoring
Communication
Thanks to WFP's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) training package that was delivered for the first time in Antananarivo, Madagascar, emergency crews had cutting-edge technology on their side when tropical cyclone Desmond hit the north coast of Mozambique on 22 January 2019. UAS, commonly known as drones, were deployed to track rising flood waters and chart better evacuation plans for the people trying to escape them.     ...
Capacity building

Nepal

Community Participation
Crop Monitoring
Connectivity
During November 2019, the World Food Program (WFP) teamed up with Nepal Flying Labs to run a 5-day hands-on training and emergency simulation to improve the rapid deployment and coordination of drones in humanitarian operations. WFP previously designed and ran similar humanitarian drone trainings and simulations with implementing partners in the Dominican Republic, Peru, Myanmar, Malawi and Mozambique. ...