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Putting knowledge into the hands of farmers


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First meeting of the Global Soil Laboratory Network (GLOSOLAN), 1 - 2 Nov 2017 at FAO HQ in Rome. This network will be composed of national soil reference laboratories as a means to exchange resources, knowledge and experience. The goal of GLOSOLAN is to strengthen the performance of laboratories in support of the harmonization of soil data sets and information towards the development of standards. Indeed, the harmonization of soil analysis is a critical component of making soil information comparable and interpretable across laboratories, countries and regions. Presentations by SoilCares.

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Putting knowledge into the hands of farmers

  1. 1. Putting knowledge into the hands of farmers Lauch meeting GLOSOLAN, November 1, 2017
  2. 2. What if we could bring the knowledge from a laboratory into the hands of farmers worldwide? SoilCares was founded in 2013 as spin-off of BLGG laboratories.
  3. 3. Lab-in-a-Box (LiaB): alternative for a wet-chemistry lab Scanner: soil management recommendation tool Soil testing with sensor spectral technology
  4. 4. On the edge of major steps in agriculture.. National Geographic September 2017
  5. 5. On the edge of major steps in agriculture.. National Geographic September 2017 And we’re proud to be part of it!
  6. 6. The simpe truth: It all starts with soil As much as 60% of crop yield depends on soil fertility
  7. 7. Commercial farmers Emerging farmers Commercial smallholder farmers Subsistence farmers Total farmers population: > 570 million farmers Current practices for measuring soil fertility are only for 5% of farmer’s population  Too expensive  Too slow  Too complex  Unaccessible
  8. 8. Agriculture in remote areas Variations during growing season Variations in the field Common problems farmers are facing:
  9. 9. SoilCares Scanner and services  In the field, real time  Fast: 10 minutes procedure  Monitoring during growing season/on the spot  Near Infrared spectrometer (NIR sensor)  1 Scanner with multiple Apps for different purposes/countries (eg liming, cultivation, fertilising, feed)
  10. 10. The SoilCares Global Soil Database The real intelligence is in our database and its algorithms operational: 2017 2018 Netherlands South Africa Denmark Botswana Poland Mexico Ukraine Indonesia (part) Russia (west) USA (part) Hungary West Europe Kenya Namibia Mid Europe Rwanda …………. Burundi …………. Zambia Tanzania Ivory Coast US tristate Myanmar Over 10000 samples in our calibration database
  11. 11. SoilCares Scanner and services Different uses for different regions Developed region Developing region  Precision monitoring  Access to Soil information  Recommendation tools  Custom fertiliser recommendation  Subscription model  Crop specific advice Since February 2017 launched in Kenya, supported by Rabobank Foundation
  12. 12. Market introduction of the Scanner
  13. 13. First results  More success stories on
  14. 14.  Vision: reaching millions of farmers worldwide  Aim: Building a global distribution network  Data/recommendations via subscriptions/license (low fee per analysis)  Hardware at cost price Business model SoilCares
  15. 15. Scanning a soil sample: choosing the App
  16. 16. Scanning a soil sample: register the farmer
  17. 17. Scanning a soil sample: add a new field
  18. 18. Scanning a soil sample
  19. 19. Receiving the report
  20. 20. Partnering with SoilCares?  Joint ambition: sustainable soil management  Joint ambition = joint action? We are constantly looking for partners to extend our impact  FAO as driver for innovation  MoU for pilot projects, with predefined acceptance criteria?  Open for ideas and discussion
  21. 21. Organisations that support our approach (selection)
  22. 22. Thank you! Ready to give a demo!
  23. 23. Preliminary results independent lab comparisions
  24. 24. There is more to say about quality…