Ramesh Chand is In­dia’s nom­i­nee for UN post

Business Standard - - OPINION - SANJEEB MUKHER­JEE

The gov­ern­ment has nom­i­nated NITI Aayog mem­ber Ramesh Chand ( pic­tured) for the cov­eted post of the di­rec­tor gen­eral ( DG) of the United Na­tion’s (UN’s) Food And Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion (FAO).

The post of DG FAO is con­sid­ered one of the top­most des­ig­na­tions be­cause of the wide range of work that FAO does, in­clud­ing run­ning food-aid pro­grammes in more than 150 coun­tries across the world.

Ac­cord­ing to the ro­ta­tion pol­icy, this time the head of FAO has to be some­one from Asia or Europe. The cur­rent head of FAO is Brazil­ian José Graziano da Silva.

Silva, the ar­chi­tect of Brazil’s Zero Hunger (Fome Zero) pro­gramme, was first elected as DG of FAO in Jan­uary 2012 for four years. He got re-elected for a sec­ond four-year term in Au­gust 2015, with the votes of 177 coun­tries.

Ramesh Chand has a PhD in agri­cul­tural eco­nomics from the In­dian Agri­cul­tural Re­search In­sti­tute.

He has 33 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in re­search and teach­ing in the field of agri­cul­tural eco­nomics and pol­icy. He has been in­volved in pol­icy for­mu­la­tion for the agri­cul­ture sec­tor for the last 15 years. Prior to join­ing the NITI Aayog, he was the di­rec­tor of the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Agri­cul­tural Eco­nomics and Pol­icy Re­search.

Re­ports said China is root­ing for cur­rent chief of In­ter­na­tional Food Pol­icy Re­search In­sti­tute, Shen­gen Fan, while Europe has nom­i­nated a for­mer econ­o­mist.

The last In­dian to hold the post was Bi­mal Ran­jan Sen, who was ap­pointed as DG FAO in 1956 and re­mained in the post till 1967.

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