Rome, 27 September 2016 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized United Nations agency and international financial institution, today announced a call to its 176 Member States to nominate candidates for the Fund’s next President.
The President is IFAD’s most senior position with responsibility for leading the organization and chairing its Executive Board. Nominations for President can only be made by IFAD Member States and must be received by the Secretary of IFAD no later than 1 December 2016.
The next IFAD President will take up the helm at a time when boosting investments in smallholder agriculture will be essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of ending poverty and hunger. Indeed, in a rapidly changing world with growing demand for food, increased migration to cities and the impact of climate change and environmental degradation, IFAD investments in rural areas of developing countries have never been as relevant and important.
Following the nomination process, the appointment of the next President will take place on 14 February 2017 during IFAD’s annual Governing Council meeting in Rome. The Governing Council is IFAD's principle governing body with full decision-making powers.
The President of IFAD serves a four-year term, renewable once.
The newly elected President will take office on 1 April 2017.
More information on nomination and appointment procedures can been found on the IFAD website at: https://www.ifad.org/who/president/tags/2109081