Session Details

Title: iSDA Workshop
Date: Wed Dec 9, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Moderator: N/A
Mapping African soils at 30m resolution - iSDAsoil - Western Time Zones

“iSDAsoil” combines remote sensing data and other geospatial information with carefully stratified point samples subjected to spectral analysis and traditional wet chemistry reference analysis. State of the art machine learning techniques were used to create digital maps of 17 agronomically important soil properties at 3 depths, including estimates of uncertainty.

iSDAsoil is designed to encourage sharing and we hope that the owners of other soil and agronomic data, in industry and academia, will share their datasets to help create ever more accurate maps. If you would like to access the resource ahead of the session, please visit the iSDAsoil website:

This interactive session will include a detailed demonstration of the resource, panel member feedback on use and prospects of iSDAsoil, answering FAQ received ahead of the session, and an open discussion with session participants on user experience and further developments. If you have any questions or feedback please send these to:

The session will be structured as follows:


  • Matt Miller - Lead Data Scientist, iSDA

Feedback from panel members and Q&A with audience

  • Those who have already made use of iSDAsoil API in Africa
  • Fertilizer manufacturers and soil analysis companies working in Africa
  • Soil and agronomy researchers working in Africa

Q&A between participants and iSDA team

  • Matt Miller - Lead Data Scientist, iSDA
  • Jamie Collinson - CTO, iSDA
  • Keith Shepherd - Head of Diagnostics & Decision Science, iSDA
  • Jonathan Crouch – CEO, iSDA (session chair)
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:


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.

Keith Shephard (speaker)
Head of Diagnostics & Decision Science
Matt Miller (speaker)
Lead Data Scientist
Jamie Collinson (speaker)
Praveen Singh (speaker)
Indorama Fertilizer, Nigria
Eleme, P.M.B. 5151, Port Harcourt, , Rivers
Pieter Pypers (speaker)
Senior Agronomist
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
Monticello, IL, NA
Rik van den Bosch (speaker)
ISRIC - World Soil Information
, NA
Christy van Beek
Monticello, IL, NA
Meklit Chernet
- Dr.
Monticello, IL, NA
Step Aston
One Acre Fund

Profile 8: Development Organization 

Length (approx): 80 min