Ndapile Mkuwu - Malawi
African Drone and Data Academy Students
Ndapile Mkuwu comes from Mangochi district in Malawi. She has a bachelor’s degree in science, majoring in geology from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College.
Her interest in innovations started with her involvement in the YouthMappers organization, where she was exposed to different types of innovative ideas that combine technology and human resource. In this programme, she learned that technology can be applied in every field, including geology where it can be used as Artificial Intelligence for rock and mineral identification and 3D lithological mapping.
Ndapile got into ADDA because she feels that the world is rapidly moving towards the use of advanced technology in all areas of life. She feels that knowledge and experience gained at ADDA will equip her with skills that she will use in many sectors and contributing to achieving the SDGs. So far, she has learned why drones fly, how they fly, and how to make drones fly. Now she can confidently build and fly drones as well as do imagery data analysis.
With the knowledge gained from ADDA, she plans to go into disaster management and mitigation.
“I believe that drones can be used to conduct real-time analysis of the disaster- affected areas. Drones can collect high-quality maps that can inform response activities and mitigate further disaster,” says Ndapile.
Considering the increase in the occurrence of floods in Malawi, Ndapile believes that there is space for the use of drones in disaster response and preparedness.
Ndapile also wants to explore the use of drones in agriculture, particularly in pest control. She says drone imagery can be used in the quick identification of pest-infested areas, thus increasing the efficiency of pest control by acquiring information on precise areas that need to be sprayed for pesticides. This can reduce both costs and time spent managing pests. Such efficient and effective monitoring of crop health can help improve harvest and ultimately benefit communities and children through eradicating hunger.
After ADDA, Ndapile hopes to venture into drone technology business and embark on a process to impart the knowledge she has gained from ADDA to other young girls in an effort to increase the enrollment of girls into the STEM field.