Africa runs for Food and Agriculture Organisation’s top job

Médi Moungui from Cameroon running for FAO top post

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Africa is running for the top post of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General, African Daily Voice can confirm.

With elections scheduled for June 2019, Médi Moungui from Cameroon will compete with Qu Dongyu (China), Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle (France), Davit Kirvalidze (Georgia) and Ramesh Chand (India) for FAO’s top job.

The winner will succeed José Graziano da Silva, who was first elected in 2011 and has served two consecutive terms.

“Election for the agency’s top leadership post with a four-year term of office starting on August 2019 will take place at the 41st Session of FAO’s Conference (Rome, 22-29 June 2019), the highest governing body of the Organization,” reads a statement issued by FAO.

“The five candidates, each nominated by his/her government, are listed in alphabetical order by country: Médi Moungui (Cameroon), Members will cast their vote on a one country-one vote basis in a secret ballot which requires a simple majority for a valid outcome.”

According to FAO, The next Director-General will be appointed for the period 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2023. The Director-General will be eligible for only one additional mandate of four years.

Since the establishment of FAO in 1945, there have been eight Directors-General:

• Sir John Boyd Orr, United Kingdom, 1945-1948
• Norris E. Dodd, United States, 1948-1954
• Philip Vincent Cardon, United States, 1954-1956
• Binay Ranjan Sen, India, 1956-1967
• Addeke Hendrik Boerma, Netherlands, 1968-1975
• Edouard Saouma, Lebanon, 1976-1993
• Jacques Diouf, Senegal, 1994-2011
• José Graziano da Silva, Brazil, 2011-2019

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