21) World Bank Vice President Ian Johnson to Lead CGIAR (July 2000)

Ian Johnson, World Bank Vice President for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development has been named Chairman of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). He succeeds Ismail Serageldin , who led the CGIAR from 1994 until July 10, 2000.

The CGIAR is the world's largest agricultural research network, dedicated to improving food crops, reducing hunger, and promoting the sound management of natural resources throughout the developing world. The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the headquarters of which is based at Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, is one of 16 Future Harvest Centers supported by the CGIAR.

Ian Johnson is a strong environmentalist and was one of the architects of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which was established after the Rio Earth Summit to combat threats to the global environment.

"It is an honor to accept this appointment," Johnson said. "The CGIAR is one of the best examples of a successful partnership to improve agricultural development in some of the world's poorest, ecologically fragile areas."

A British national, Johnson was educated at the University of Wales, University of Sussex, and Harvard University. He joined the World Bank in 1980. Since 1998, he has been the World Bank Vice President for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development, one of the Bank's largest departments responsible for rural and social development and the environment.

The World Bank serves as a CGIAR cosponsor in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Traditionally, a World Bank Vice President has served as CGIAR Chair.

Fifty eight CGIAR members - industrial and developing countries, private foundations, and regional and international organizations - provide financing, technical support, and strategic direction. A host of other public and private organizations work with the CGIAR as donors, research associates, and advisors. The work of CGIAR scientists has received global acclaim, winning the Nobel Prize (for Peace) and five World Food Prizes.

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