Scientific Research and Innovation

Our work is based on a deep-rooted dedication to scientific excellence and a multi-disciplinary approach

We draw on the latest advances across multiple scientific fields, including decision science, integrated nutrient/pest/disease/weed management, remote sensing, field sensors, weather services, artificial intelligence, and digital technology to deliver the best possible advisory solutions for smallholder farmers at the lowest possible cost.

Our Approach

Decision first – we focus first and foremost on identifying, analysing and supporting the critical decisions farmers and aggregators face in risky production environments, drawing on development in decision science

Embracing uncertainty – we represent uncertainties in knowledge and data, for example using probability distributions, focusing data collection on areas that have the highest value for making better decisions, and communicating uncertainty to farmers

Knowledge engineering – one of our greatest strengths is in the way we judiciously include and quantify all factors that are important to a decision, irrespective of data availability, and combine information from multiple sources using Bayesian Networks

Spatial agronomy – our cloud-based spatial agronomy platform is a fundamental resource for being able to provide a very low-cost, all-digital advisory service

Diagnostics – we diagnose what factors are limiting yield and profitability, including deploying low-cost sensors, and seek practical solutions for removing constraints

Measuring impact – we are committed to measuring our impacts on changes in stakeholder behaviour, yields, product quality and profits

We draw on the latest advances across multiple scientific fields to deliver the best possible advisory solutions for smallholder farmers at the lowest possible cost.

More about our research and technology.

iSDA continues to build expertise in critical areas of agronomic research and technology development.

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Decision Science

Making good decisions under the uncertainties faced by farmers

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Diagnostics

Understanding what is constraining yields and profit

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Spatial Agronomy

Spatial agronomy is fundamental in providing low-cost advisory

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