IFAD's President: Kanayo F. Nwanze

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President Kanayo F Nwanze

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.



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  • The 39th session of IFAD’s Governing Council convened on 17 to 18 February 2016 with a focus on the role of inclusive investment in the post-2015 agenda. Held annually at the Fund’s headquarters in Rome, the Governing Council is IFAD’s main decision-making body.