The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has elected Qu Dongyu of China as the new Director-General of the organization, succeeding Brazil’s José Graziano da Silva
A statement by the FAO media unit on Sunday, 23 June 2019, in Abuja said that Dongyu received a total of 108 votes out of 191 cast, constituting a majority in the first round.
It added that that the election took place during the forty-first session of the FAO Conference, which is the highest governing body of the organization, which is taking place from 22 June to 29 June 2019.
Qu, who was born in 1963, is currently Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China.
He became FAO’s ninth Director-General since the organisation was founded on 16 October 1945.
The term of the new Director-General would start on 1 August 2019 and run to 31 July 2023.
The former Directors-General of the FAO since its establishment included Sir John Boyd Orr of the United Kingdom between 1945 and 1948; Norris E. Dodd of the UnitedStates between 1948 and 1954; Philip Vincent Cardon of the United States between 1954 and 1956 and Binay Ranjan Sen of India between 1956 and 1967.
Others are Addeke Hendrik Boerma of Netherlands between 1968 and 1975, Adouard Saouma of Lebanon between 1976 and 1993, Jacques Diouf of Senegal between 1994 and 2011 and the outgoing José Graziano da Silva of Brazil between 2011 and 2019.