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van Etten, Jacob

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 agricultural citizen science, emergency management and rural extension. He uses user-centric digital design approaches to ensure new solutions embody two-way information flows between farmers and other decision-makers.

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

Publication highlights:

Van Etten, J., Beza, E., Calderer, L., Van Duijvendijk, K., Fadda, C., Fantahun, B., Kidane, Y.G., van de Gevel, J., Gupta, A., Mengistu, D.K. and Kiambi, D., 2016. First experiences with a novel farmer citizen science approach: crowdsourcing participatory variety selection through on-farm triadic comparisons of technologies (tricot). Experimental Agriculture, early online.

Manners, R., and van Etten, J. 2018. Are agricultural researchers working on the right crops to enable food and nutrition security under future climates?." Global Environmental Change 53, 182-194.

Steinke, J., van Etten, J. and Zelan, P.M., 2017. The accuracy of farmer-generated data in an agricultural citizen science methodology. Agronomy for Sustainable Development37(4), p.32.