Founded by three research institutes – Rothamsted Research, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) – iSDA is a self-sustaining social enterprise that will carry forward the legacy of the African Soils Information Service (AfSIS).
Over the past decade, and with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the AfSIS team of soil scientists, software developers and mathematicians has delivered ground-breaking open innovation through the development of freely available geospatial and spectral analysis tools and techniques that can be used to map entire continents rapidly at relatively low cost.
iSDA is building on this legacy, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the AfSIS data and software tools by bringing them together into a single open platform where they will continue to be maintained and developed. It will build user-friendly products and services around the open data at scale and achieve long-term impact by making the tools more accessible, especially to small farmers in the Global South.
We will also establish a network of spectral laboratories that can, among other things, provide novel dry spectral diagnostic methods in support of soil and cropland management information and cropland management decision analysis and support.
And we will continue to carry forward the in-country capacity building work of the AfSIS project ensuring the growth of capability in its services and techniques to deliver wide-scale impact.
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