ROME, JANUARY 19 – University of Bologna’s professor and European Parliament member Paolo De Castro is the Italian candidate to the Presidency of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, one of the three UN Agencies, along with FAO and WFP, hosted by the city of Rome. The elections are on February 14th and 14th in view of the end of the mandate of current President Kanayo F. Nwanze. With De Castro seven other candidates are in the running.
As host country of the three dedicated UN agencies, Italy has always paid greater attention to the issues of food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture. The engagement of Italy with IFAD is equally long-dated. Italy has consistently backed IFAD’s efforts of engagement and dialogue among development partners focusing on smallholder agriculture and rural development, is one of the major contributors to IFAD and intends to further support this institution in the future also through increased contribution.
If elected to the Presidency, Paolo De Castro will succeed the Nigerian Kanayo F. Nwanze, whose mandate will expire on March 31, 2017. Of his candidacy, De Castro said: “Integrity and strong commitment to serve and represent the interests of IFAD clients and the rural communities in the developing world would be the ethical hallmarks of my office as the President of IFAD.” (@OnuItalia)