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Kanayo F. Nwanze
Kanayo F. Nwanze est Président du Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA), dont la mission est de faire en sorte que l’agriculture figure en bonne place dans le programme international pour le développement et que les préoccupations et les besoins des petits agriculteurs et autres populations rurales pauvres soient reconnus par les gouvernements. Il est membre du Conseil pour le programme mondial sur la sécurité alimentaire du Forum économique mondial depuis 2010. Il fut auparavant Directeur général du Centre du riz pour l’Afrique du Groupe consultatif pour la recherche agricole internationale (CGIAR) pendant dix ans, où il a joué un rôle déterminant en faveur de l’introduction et de la promotion du Nouveau riz pour l’Afrique (NERICA), variété de riz à haut rendement résistante à la sécheresse et aux ravageurs spécialement mise au point pour le continent africain. M. Nwanze a obtenu une licence ès sciences en agronomie à l’Université d’Ibadan (Nigéria) et un doctorat en entomologie agricole de la Kansas State University. En septembre 2016, M. Nwanze s’est vu décerner le Prix de l’alimentation en Afrique pour son leadership à la tête du FIDA et son engagement à placer les petits agriculteurs d’Afrique au centre du programme agricole mondial. De plus, il a reçu des titres honorifiques de la McGill University (Canada) et de l’University of Warwick (Royaume-Uni) ainsi que de nombreuses décorations de gouvernements et d’institutions nationales et internationales. Il a beaucoup publié, est membre de plusieurs associations scientifiques et a siégé à divers conseils d’administration.
Kanayo F. Nwanze is President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which is dedicated to ensuring that agriculture is a central part of the international development agenda, and that governments recognize the concerns of smallholder farmers and other poor rural people. He has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food Security since 2010. He was previously Director-General of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Africa Rice Center for a decade, where he was instrumental in introducing and promoting New Rice for Africa, or NERICA, a high-yield, drought- and pest-resistant variety developed specifically for the African landscape. Nwanze graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and has a Doctorate in Agricultural Entomology from Kansas State University. Nwanze was awarded the inaugural Africa Food Prize in September 2016 for his leadership of IFAD and his advocacy in putting Africa’s smallholder farmers at the centre of the global agricultural agenda. He has also received honorary degrees from McGill University, Canada, and the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, as well as numerous honours and awards from governments, and national and international institutions. He has published extensively, is a member of several scientific associations and has served on various executive boards.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. The conference was organized in response to the food crises of the early 1970s that primarily affected the Sahelian countries of Africa. It resolved that "an International Fund for Agricultural Development should be established immediately to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in the developing countries." One of the most important insights emerging from the conference was that the causes of food insecurity and famine were not so much failures in food production but structural problems relating to poverty, and to the fact that the majority of the developing world's poor populations were concentrated in rural areas.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. The conference was organized in response to the food crises of the early 1970s that primarily affected the Sahelian countries of Africa. It resolved that "an International Fund for Agricultural Development should be established immediately to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in the developing countries." One of the most important insights emerging from the conference was that the causes of food insecurity and famine were not so much failures in food production but structural problems relating to poverty, and to the fact that the majority of the developing world's poor populations were concentrated in rural areas.









       

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