I am Alice Van der Elstraeten and I am part of the e-Agriculture team. I am from Belgium and I worked as a Knowledge Management and Gender Officer for FAO, first in Niger, then in Rome and in Geneva. During those years I became more and more involved in the e-Agriculture Community of Practice. I facilitated the Community, worked on the organization of online discussion forums and worked on several papers on the topic of ICTs for agriculture, with a specific focus on gender issues. I rencently moved to Panama, where I will continue to support the Community.
Before FAO, I worked for more than 5 years in Central Africa (mainly DRC, Burundi, Rwanda) as the Coordinator of the Information and Communications Department of the Congolese Ministry of Agriculture; as the Great Lakes Coordinator for Search for Common Ground and as a Communications Specialist for IFDC (International Fertilizer Development Center). I have a Masters degree in Anthropology and a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Communications.