India nominates NITI Aayog’s Ramesh Chand to head Food and Agriculture Organisation

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#United Nations, India has nominated NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand for the post of the new Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Director-General.

#Election for FAO’s top leadership post with a four-year term of office starting on August 2019 will take place in Rome between June 22-29 at the 41st Session of FAO’s Conference in Rome

Background

#The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.

#It was established in October 1945 with the objective of eliminating hunger and improving nutrition and standards of living by increasing agricultural productivity

#The conference elects a 49-member Council, which serves as its executive organ.

#The only Indian to head the FAO is Binay Ranjan Sen, who was the Director-General from 1956 to 1967.

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