02 April 2019, Port of Spain – Dr. Julio A. Berdegué, Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO/UN) and Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, opened the new country office of the FAO Representation for Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname in St. Clair, Port of Spain, today. FAO Representative to Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname, Mr. Reuben Robertson and Senator the Hon. Clarence Rambharat, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries attended and gave remarks.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has worked in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago) since 1963 to support the development of the food, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural sectors, complementing strategic objectives of the UN Country Programme Action Plans.
The 2017 -2020 Country Programming Framework (CPF), an agreement between FAO and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago prioritizes four areas for cooperation: Food and Nutrition Security; Food Safety, Quality and Certification Systems; Sustainable Food Systems; Natural Resources Management, Disaster Mitigation and Building Resilience.
FAO, together with its partners, is currently implementing 12 projects in the country, including: Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago; Sustainable Management of bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean trawl fisheries; and Sustainable Processing and Value Chain development for root and tuber crops. Guests attending the new office’s opening will be given an insight into key results achieved by the projects in an exhibition mounted at the venue. With the re-opening of the country office at the new location, FAO reaffirms its continued commitment to contribute to achieving zero hunger and promoting sustainable agriculture in Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.
Students from a secondary school entertain guests at the opening ceremony. -- photo credit UNIC Port of Spain/Ruben Neckles
Biography of Jiulio Berdegué
Dr. Julio A. Berdegué is FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean since April 22, 2017.
He is a national of Mexico, holds a Ph.D. in Social Science from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and a Master of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of California-Davis (USA).
Before his appointment at FAO, he was the Principal Researcher at the Latin American Center for Rural Development (Rimisp) in Santiago, Chile, where he coordinated the Territorial Cohesion Working Group, spearheading research, policy support and capacity development programs addressing issues of territorial inequality and rural development.
Dr. Berdegué has published and worked extensively on different aspects of rural development, such as territorial development, rural non-farm employment, the changing structures of agri-food and rural markets and their impact on small and medium producers and enterprises, and the role of small and medium cities in rural development.
He has written and edited several books and dozens of articles in international scientific magazines, some of which are among the most-cited in their respective fields.
Julio Berdegué has advised national and regional governments in several Latin American countries, including Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru.
He has been a board member of several international organizations, including the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), which he chaired between 2008 and 2011, and the International Institute on Environment and Development (IIED).