Fao Candidates Haddad Table April 26 | Food And Agriculture Organization | Hunger

FAO DG Candidates: Summary and assessment of their statements by Lawrence Haddad

Candidat e Franz Fischler Programme Outlined Arguments as to Why Qualified (1) Policymaker (2) Led an administrative reform (3) Agronomist with a “farmer’s heart” (4) Worked to remove European farm distortions, successful participation in international negotiations (1) Can bridge developingdeveloped country divides (2) LAC is the only region not to provide an FAO DG in past 66 years (3) Lots of experience in agriculture and fighting hunger— academic, leading a successful Ministry, senior management positions No explicit section in statement on this • Potential for good change (Lawrence Haddad comments) • FAO DG as ambassador for food security and a representative of people in need • Stresses team player, recruitment and promotion based on merit and transparency • Need to decentralise and deconcentrate but maintain “One FAO” • Focus on tangible results


FAO role in policymaking— should be “crucial player” in political decision making processes (2) FAO as a service organisation-link scientists and users, in both directions (3) FAO reform—full implementation in next 2 years

José Graziano da Silva

5 Pillars: (1) Hunger eradication—links
with WFP, UNICEF and WHO sustainable food production systems-greening the Green revolution (3) global food governanceclimate, sustainable use of NR, transboundary diseases and pests, gender. (4) complete ongoing reform process-decentralisation, results based management (5) South-South Cooperation— engage fully with middle income countries to take advantage of their technical expertise. Food that is (1) Available—using technical knowhow and local wisdom. Fisheries. Forestry. (2) Accessible-trade, domestic investment (3) Affordable: (a) direct assistance, (b) empowerment and development, (c) small enterprise (4) Safe: Codex standards FAO Reform, stresses: Decentralisation, Knowledge organisation, Partnerships (1) FAO as a provider of global public goods, but much more strongly partnered within UN, academia, civil society, NGOs private sector, farmer organisations. Rome agencies (2) Price volatility (3) Safety nets for poorest (4) Technical cooperation for capacity development (5) FAO to become more responsive and flexible (decentralised, units consolidated, reduce layers, accountability transparency, results based frameworks)


Led the design and implementation of Zero Hunger Campaign in Brazil • Talks about a collegiate style of management • Commits to developing the 4 page platform in collaboration with member countries • Important to know how effective he has been in past 5 years as FAO Regional Representative

Indroyono Soesilo

Communication in the 4 pager is not strong—the paper is rambling in places and with typos—does not inspire confidence Does not talk enough about his experience of managing change and who he is, so difficult to assess prospects for change

Mohamm ad Saeid Noori Naeini

Focus on “who I am and why I am a candidate” • Seen poverty, experienced hunger when growing up • 11 year of service to 3 Rome based agencies • Chaired many committees, including group that worked on the Voluntary Right to Food • Involved in the

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Pledge to serve only a 6 year term (max is now 7.5 years) Lead and facilitate; give views, but listen Stick to the Immediate Action Plan, updated accordingly. Be aware of Reform fatigue amongst FAO staff Pledge to reduce DG expenses

External Evaluation and the Immediate Plan of Action (“Father of FAO Reform”) Abdul Latif Rashid • Not very specific. Mentions Right to food, increase in food production to reduce hunger, ecological degradation, climate change. Partnerships with Rome agencies, global and regional agencies. Food price volatility. South-South cooperation. Member guided organisation. Decentralisation, gender equality, engage with civil society and NGOs “have qualifications and experience in private and public sectors, UN organizations and Government institutions including ministries” • • Ongoing reforms are “pleasing” but could be room for speeding up some. Stresses that the Committee on Food Security cannot impose policies on countries, rather it is a forum for debate Improve efficiency by encouraging full Membership participation and oversight Continuous reform for “democratic and neutral” agency Pledge to cut DG salary by 10% and put back into Technical Cooperation Programme Wants to accelerate Reform process Talks about HR and finance policies Talks about extrabudgetary financing, including from private sector African to be proposed as Deputy DG Emphasis on dialogue with member states, staff, civil society, private sector, UN agencies and multilaterals

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Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé

Commitment and dialogue Regulatory policy, member states food and agriculture plans, FAO reform Commitment to o Recover original spirit of FAO around regulation and food safety o To eradicating hunger and paying for country programmes with a “UNITAID 2” facility o Guaranteed Fund for microloans to farmers, vulnerable populations o Coordination Unit with WFP, IFAD

Ability to achieve dialogue and be inclusive. 15 years as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Spain

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