Jacob van Etten

Jacob van Etten is Principal Scientist and Director of the Digital Inclusion research program at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT.

In his work, Jacob brings together insights and methods from the social, environmental and plant sciences. His research focus is on new digital solutions for food systems, agricultural citizen science, and rural extension. He supports the emergence of digital ecosystems in this area, in which digital entrepreneurs, farmers and their organisations, service providers and others create value and synergies by interacting and partnering around digital tools, data, and human capacities.

Before joining Bioversity in 2012, he worked for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Mali, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, and IE University in Spain. He is a Dutch national.


PhD, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

MSc, Free programme (global agriculture), Wageningen University, The Netherlands