OpenTEAM In-Depth – Going the last mile in Malawi: digital transformation of soil knowledge and agronomic advice
Sieg Snapp, Professor, Soils and Cropping Systems Ecologist, Michigan State University and Associate Director of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations
Regis Chikowo, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Systems, Michigan State University and Associate Professor, University of Zimbabwe
Dan TerAvest, Co-Founder, Our-Sci (creator of Survey Stack)
About the talk:
Direct from the field comes an example of empowerment: farmers and extension educators in Malawi are working with the Michigan State University Africa RISING team and Our-Sci, supported by OpenTeam. We are predicting off-line soil carbon on over a thousand fields. Women and men farmers are gaining first-hand information and agronomic advice about field soil carbon status, where to apply fertilizer, and how to improve soil health. Sustainable soil management is being transformed. This experience with human-centered design and Our-Sci generated handheld digital technologies offer novel opportunities for future carbon offset investments in the form of soil carbon maps for Malawi that reflect localized knowledge and farming practices.
Presenters: Sam Bennetts, Gisel Booman, & Sophia Leiker from ReGen Network As innovation continues to drive improvements in soil sampling technologies, methods used to monitor ecosystem health are constantly changing. New methods to quantify soil carbon and other soil health indicators using remote sensing technologies have emerged. This presentation will give an overview of remote sensing technologies and provide an example of how they can be applied with Regen Network’s remote sensing approach to quantify soil organic carbon using satellite imagery and minimum ground truth data. The presentation will be followed by a short Q&A around all things remote sensing.
CoMakery is a platform that serves as a community for building projects together and earning shares in future revenues. CoMakery envisions a future of distributed individuals pooling their talents to accelerate development of digital projects, while being fairly paid for their efforts. The startup believes talented people from all backgrounds can come together to help bring ambitious projects to life, while earning tokens in proportion to the work they have contributed. Fair pay, with a stake in the upside. CoMakery is shaped by the goals of democratizing access to opportunity, creating equity for individual contributors, and building tribes to efficiently deliver on ambitious, mission-driven projects. Noah Thorp, the Founder of CoMakery, will present this week’s in-depth. Previously, he co-founded a holacratic blockchain prototyping studio. He was the VP of Engineering at Nasdaq Private Market.
About the In-Depth Webinar Series: Our goal with this in-depth webinar series is to build the knowledge base of the OpenTEAM community in a way that fosters coherence and collaboration so that we can better serve our diverse membership. We will feature new presenters each time within and outside of our community.
Through this we hope to:
• Illustrate and document the dynamic nature of our community in support of community strengthening and expansion.
• Inspire and share new concepts and technologies that enable the emergence of new collaborations and technology approaches.
Themes include: Member or Partner Profiles, Tech Dives, High-level Tech Orientations, and Financing the Ag Data Commons. Each presentation will last one hour with around 45 minutes for a presentation and 15 minutes for questions. All presentations will be recorded and posted on this page. We will let you know in advance who will be presenting and change the particular occurrence to include the name/organizational profile of the presenter.