Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the FAO Photo: FAOQu Dongyu, Director-General of the FAO Photo: FAO

The Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has presented to the FAO Council a second set of measures aimed at making the agency more agile, efficient and accountable.

Qu Dongyu, who took office last August, proposes to implement a more flexible organisational structure ensuring collaboration and better responses to emerging needs and priorities.

“The further adjustments that I am presenting today are guided by the vision [of] creating an inclusive and agile FAO that serves its members to achieve the ‘four betters’ – better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life by further transparent, open, innovative, responsible and effective reform,” he said.

The proposed restructure would see the core leadership team grouped together at the centre of the organisation with the directors of divisions, centres and offices reporting directly to the leaders. Other proposals include the creation of a new office responsible for Sustainable Development Goals and a new division of food systems and food safety.

The Director-General also intends to strengthen the capacities of FAO country and regional offices, calling these the ‘backbone of FAO’s delivery’.

The new measures will come into effect one approved by the Council, which is composed of 49 member countries and meets every two years.

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