Community

Bringing together a wealth of knowledge and expertise to drive innovation and best practice.

Toolkit

A suite of tools to optimise farm data, provide insight and support your decision making.

Research

Using big data to improve soil health and address the challenges of global food security.

Overview

Borne out of an award-winning Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Produce World Ltd. and Cranfield University, Soil-for-life® will allow an in-depth analysis and exploration of ‘big data’ supplied by leading farmers, providing robust scientific evidence to support and underpin sustainable, profitable agriculture through improvement in soil health at the field, farm and enterprise scale.

 

Toolkit

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Mapping tools

 
Benchmarking

Produce World Ltd. is a family and farmer owned business which is customer and category focused. As one of the largest expert growers and suppliers of high quality fresh vegetables in Europe, we are industry leading in sustainable and responsible agronomy, growing, biodiversity and lean supply chain management.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a UK-wide programme supported by Innovate UK, helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base.

Cranfield University is the UK's only wholly postgraduate university, specialising in environment, technology and management. Cranfield’s Soil and Agrifood Institute (CSAFI) incorporates our world-leading soil, agri-food and plant science activities, with applied research, teaching and consultancy, and holds the national soil map for England and Wales in Cranfield's unique national Land Information System LandIS.

CSAFI offers one of the largest concentrations of soil science expertise in UK academia. Our expertise extends across soil physics, chemistry and biology; pedology and pedometrics; mathematical modelling; spatial data science; environmental Big Data; the Internet of Agri-Things; and systems-level integration.

We have a deep and fundamental expertise in applied soil and land management: soil protection; soil threats and land degradation, soil erosion and sustainable land management, including soil policy formulation.

Project team

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Dr ROB SIMMONS

Senior Lecturer: Sustainable Soil Management
Cranfield University

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Dr STEPHEN HALLETT

Principal Research Fellow: Environmental Informatics
Cranfield University

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Dr RON CORSTANJE

Senior Lecturer: Environmental Informatics
Cranfield University

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JONATHAN TOLE

Soil-for-life Business Director
Produce World

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SARAH MACNAUGHTON

Managing Consultant
Isis Enterprise

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JOAO MOREIRA BARRADAS

Research Fellow: Agri-Informatics
Cranfield University

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JASON CARVALHO

GIS Web Developer
Cranfield University

News

  • An introduction to Soil-for-life

    Soil, the material that most days, we walk on, wash off our hands and avoid getting on our clothes seems to most people un-important, but soil is what keeps us all alive. It is the living medium in which we grow 90% of our food, it contains more organisms in one teaspoon than there are people on our planet, it stores water and carbon, and is critical to regulating our climate.

  • Big win for Cranfield University and Produce World Group

    Cranfield University and the Produce World Group, one of the UK’s largest vegetable growers and suppliers, were awarded the RCUK Research Base Impact Award at the recent Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) Awards.

  • Introducing Soil-for-life – an Agri-Tech Catalyst project developing agri-informatics for soil health

    The agri-food sector is a core component of the agri-tech industry, contributing £97 billion to the UK economy with household expenditure on food and drink exceeding £100 billion annually...

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