UN food agency to elect new chief

The election comes at a time of critically high food prices and malnutrition across the world.

Updated: Jun 25, 2011, 12:57 PM IST

Rome: Representatives at the Food and Agriculture Organization vote this weekend to give the largest UN agency its first new chief in almost two decades -- an election that comes at a time of critically high food prices and malnutrition across the world.
Six candidates from as many nations are vying for the top job at the Rome-based agency, but the race is likely to come down to a battle between two men: a Brazilian who had a leading role in his country`s campaign against poverty and hunger and a Spaniard who has served as his nation`s top diplomat.
The new chief will succeed Jacques Diouf of Senegal, who was first elected in 1993, a long tenure that sparked reforms limiting the mandates of the secretary-general.

Bureau Report