Who We Work With

iSDA is expanding the depth and scope of its activities thanks to partnerships with leading scientific and technical firms


iSDA’s current partners offer a wide range of expert skills

These skills cover spectral devices, geo-mapping, advanced software applications, thin film technology and supply chain services. These collaborations allow us to carry out high-level research and develop technologies that we will transform into practical tools for use by farmers and agri-business.

AgroCares is a hi-tech agricultural services provider with world wide operations. Its next-generation offerings include services to help customers achieve optimal soil fertility, livestock feed choices and crop monitoring, as well as products to collect, analyze and implement digital data on crucial farming variables such as soil nutrients. AgroCares is providing iSDA with the spectral devices to determine soil fertility status and generate customized fertilization advices. The devices are being deployed in our pilot projects, along with technical training and support. AgroCares, founded in the Netherlands in 2013, is headquartered in Wageningen, the Netherlands and operates under the leadership of CEO Henri Hekman.

iSDA has teamed up with science consultancy EnvirometriX to develop a satellite soil-mapping system offering an unprecedented spatial resolution of 30 meters covering the entire African continent. To do so, we’ve harnessed open-access remote sensing data, machine learning and geolocated soil samples, created by AfSIS and others, which together can generate predictions for over 20 soil variables.

GiLab develops innovative technical solutions in the field of geoinformatics, supported by the firm’s extensive experience in spatial data processing, GIS modeling, data assimilation, application development and visualization. GiLab serves a range of clients in agriculture, urban ecosystems, energy, environment and climate, while working closely with leading academic institutions to keep abreast of emerging scientific knowledge.

MultiOne provides client services in ecological and environmental modelling using 3D and neural networking; advanced data analysis focussed on environmental and satellite applications; open-source GIS solutions; database development; and Web and mobile applications. With over 15 years experience, MultiOne has participated in 100-plus projects, publications and scientific papers. The firm is a member of the Zadruga Granum Salis Cooperative supporting research, planning and design for sustainable environmental management.

Founded in 1997, Mediae is a social enterprise committed to addressing the informational needs of East Africans through sustainable and research-based media productions. Series 10 of Shamba Shape Up, their flagship TV series, was viewed by 6.8 million Kenyan adults and has achieved significant impact on small farm communities across East Africa.  Their portfolio includes Shamba Chef, Don’t Lose the Plot and iShamba, a farmer information service.

PES has developed a sensor that can tap into the wealth of information contained in the gases released by soil biota. Their technology was validated under an InnovateUK grant in 2018. Working as a team, iSDA, PES and ICRAF have obtained a follow-on InnovateUK grant to calibrate the technology in Kenya during 2020. Once the calibration is complete, iSDA will start designing a go-to-market strategy.

Rothamsted Research is a world-leading, non-profit research centre that focuses on strategic agricultural science to the benefit of farmers and society worldwide. Their scientists publish around 300 papers in international science journals each year, and they have partnerships with numerous research institutions and universities in over 50 countries.

Sucastainability is a coffee company whose mission
is to source coffee from Kenyan growers for milling
and marketing; annual volume is over 4,000 tons. The company is part of Sucafina, a Swiss trader sourcing coffee from all over the world, which delivers a range of support services to the 70,000 farmers in their dedicated supply chain. Sucastainability is a farm-gate operation that has successfully established real connections between growers and buyers through productive interaction and the stable supply of quality coffee.

World Agroforestry is a centre of science and development excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment. Leveraging the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information, they develop knowledge practices, from farmers’ fields to the global sphere, to ensure food security and environmental sustainability.

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