This live discussion will consist of all the panelist on the PA for Smallholders session. Use the Q & A tools in the webinar program to pose questions to the speakers. A moderator will relay questions to the speakers.
Raj Khosla (speaker)
Professor & Head Department of Agronomy
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66502
Prof. Raj Khosla is the Head of Agronomy Department at Kansas State University and is a globally recognized authority on Precision Agriculture. He has been engaged in precision agriculture since inception and has made significant contributions in the development and spread of Precision Agriculture worldwide. He is the Founder and Past-President of the International Society of Precision Agriculture. Most recently, he served as the member of National Academy of Science Executive Committee on Science Breakthrough 2030. In 2012, Dr. Khosla was named the Jefferson Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences and was appointed as the Senior Science Advisor on Food Security to the U.S. Department of State. In 2011, he was inducted by NASA to the US “Presidential Advisory Board on Positioning, Navigation and Timing” to work on the US space-based GPS policy.
Prof. Khosla’s research specializes in harnessing spatial and temporal heterogeneity in managed agro-ecosystems and translating those into better decision models. His group has extensively used remote sensing and other geo-spatial tools to enhance production, resource use efficiency, profitability, and sustainability of managed agro-ecosystems. He has co-authored over 100 publications (book chapters, refereed journal articles, and others) and has been invited globally to over 30 countries.
Prof. Khosla is the Fellow of American Society of Agronomy; Fellow of Soil Science Society of America; Fellow of Soil and Water Conservation Society and Honorary Life Fellow of International Society of Precision Agriculture.
Jonathan Crouch (speaker)
Innovative Solutions for Decision Agriculture (iSDA)
Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2JQ
Founding CEO of iSDA (Innovative Solutions for Decision Agriculture) a social enterprise spin-out from AfSIS (African Soil Information Service) with a mission to bring affordable and effective agronomic advisory to smallholder value chains across Africa. We combine new low-cost technologies, rigorous on-farm science and viable last mile delivery business models. Our primary goal is to increase the profitability and reduce the economic risk of smallholder agriculture. Our turnkey solutions provide a strong value proposition for various ecosystem players, including increasing productivity, operating efficiencies, and farmer acquisition and retention. Please see our website for further details: https://www.isda-africa.com
Jonathan has diverse experience in agritech R&D and agribusiness development in Europe, Africa, South Asia and Latin America including working for impact investors, incubators, agribusinesses and R&D organizations. He has a track record in building global R&D networks, regional technology platforms and incubators, and public-private partnerships for agricultural development across the Global South as well as mentoring start-ups and scale-ups across sectors. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-crouch-457a5620/