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Report: Knowledge Sharing Meeting and Capacity Development Workshop in Malaysia

A knowledge sharing meeting for stakeholders were held over the course of one day, on 13 July 2022 at Courtyard hotel Kota Kinabalu Malaysia. The meeting was attended by various stakeholders including researchers as faculty members of universities in Kota Kinabalu, representatives of the Sabah Forestry Development Association (SAFODA) and Sabah Parks, start-up agriculture drone entrepreneurs, project collaborators, and supporters. Over the course of day, the different stakeholders gave presentations about different aspects and perspectives on drone agriculture applications. The talks covered current opportunities, and perceived difficulties to implementation (specifically in the Malaysian context) and were followed by question-and-answer sessions between speakers and other participants. The meeting created an opportunity for stakeholders to meet, exchange ideas, and broaden their network.

Between 14 and 17 July, a workshop was held at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UiTM) campus in Kota Kinabalu. The workshop included lectures and hands-on training activities that aimed to (1) explain current issues faced in agriculture, and how drones and other smart agriculture approaches can address those issues; and (2) the workshop included practical sessions where participants were exposed to different components of processing and analyzing drone imagery data. The workshop concluded with a (3) field excursion, were participants saw the handling of actual agricultural drones on a farm and had a chance to interact with farmers and drone operators and ask questions.

This workshop was well received and was attended by 40 participants that included university students, rice farmers, commercial agriculture drone operators, representatives of government institutions, and other university faculty members.