The commercial drone market is expected to reach $167 billion in value by 2028 with a compound annual growth rate of 34.5% over the next five years, according to a report by KBV Research. While developed markets have faced challenges in setting up comprehensive drone delivery networks, emerging markets are capitalizing on commercial drone technology to revolutionize supply chains and overcome logistics challenges for many goods and services, with expected benefits for last-mile delivery. Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, has become a key market for drone delivery companies, which hope to address the region’s myriad logistics concerns using the technology. Companies such as Zipline, Continental Drones, and Wingcopter are testing their fleets in Africa to provide essential services to remote areas. In addition to cost and sustainability benefits, drones can be used to gather agricultural data, as farmers in emerging markets turn to technology to optimize resource usage and boost crop yields.

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