Executive Director, Compatible Technology International

About Alexandra

Alexandra is the Executive Director of Compatible Technology International (CTI), which specializes in postharvest technology solutions for smallholders in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ms. Spieldoch has worked over 20 years in international policy and development as an expert in agricultural trade and agribusiness development. Prior to CTI, she was coordinator of the global Network of Women Ministers and Leaders in Agriculture (NWMLA) and the International Gender and Trade Network (IGTN). She also served as global liaison on gender and food security with the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), and directed the Global Governance program at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).

She received her M.A. in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her B.A. is from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with a major in French literature. She has a certificate in business from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen.

Session:

Investing in African women and thriving food markets through post-harvest innovation
Wednesday, November 14 Main Ballroom - Crowne Plaza Hotel

While technologies have revolutionized agriculture and reated growth in wealthier countries and regions, 90 percent of food the produced in Sub-Saharan Africa is harvested and processed by hand— resulting in low yields and poor quality products with limited market potential. Women farmers are responsible for the vast majority of the labor associated with post-harvest activities in Sub- Saharan Africa. Their time and effort are often over looked, and they typically have far less access to technology and credit. Compatible Technology International (CTI) fills these gaps, working to increase food supply and to empower women farmers and rural communities with post-harvest tools and services that are greatly needed in the efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty.

Workshop:

Meet the Speaker
Wednesday, November 14 ECHO Global Farm

This session is devoted to questions and answers from Conference delegates for each speaker.