Science Practice is excited to announce that our project SoilCards has been awarded £20,000 from the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund. The fund was established in 2012 with a generous donation from The ALBORADA Trust UK to the Cambridge-Africa programme.

In partnership with the Cambridge-based National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), the award will support user research in Kenya this year. Our team will introduce the SoilCards prototype to farmers, extension workers, soil-testing services and agri-business dealers.

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We’ll be researching a range of topics which will help us understand the farmers who will be using SoilCards and their environment, such as:

  • what are farmer’s attitudes to soil-testing?
  • what water supply is available for use with SoilCards?
  • what variety of fertilisers are available and affordable?
  • how could SoilCards be distributed?

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