The McGill Institute for Global Food Security, as part of the Margaret A. Gilliam Lecture Series in Food Security, invites you to a special presentation by Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
Kanayo F. Nwanze began his term as IFAD’s fifth President on 1 April 2009. He brings to the job over 30 years of experience across three continents in poverty reduction through agriculture, rural development and research. Under Nwanze’s leadership, IFAD has stepped up its advocacy efforts to ensure that agriculture is a central part of the international development agenda, and that the concerns and needs of smallholders and other poor rural people are recognized by governments around the world.
Nwanze served as IFAD’s Vice-President for two years before taking the organization’s helm. Prior to that, he was Director-General of the Africa Rice Center for a decade. Nwanze was instrumental in introducing and promoting New Rice for Africa (NERICA), a high-yield, drought- and pest-resistant rice variety developed specifically for the African landscape. Nwanze earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and a Doctorate in Agricultural Entomology from Kansas State University. He has received numerous honours and awards including Doctor of Science, honoris causa from McGill University.