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To achieve sustainable food and nutritional security while maintaining or reducing financial and environmental costs, smallholder farmers need to be supported by high-tech systems. Low-cost but robust sensors mounted on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) along with open source software constitute emerging solutions. To this end, a “proof of concept” is under investigation in Eastern Africa. A workshop held in Nairobi resulted in the establishment of a community of practice on agricultural UAVs in East Africa. First field mission was conducted in Tanzania. Field work has yet to take place in Kenya and Uganda once flight permits are issued. Salient advantages of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), preliminary results and bottlenecks will be outlined in this presentation.