FAO – FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

FAO is an intergovernmental organization that has 194 Member Nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union. Its employees come from various cultural backgrounds and are experts in the multiple fields of activity FAO engages in. FAO’s staff capacity allows it to support improved governance inter alia, generate, develop and adapt existing tools and guidelines and provide targeted governance support as a resource to country and regional level FAO offices. Headquartered in Rome, Italy, FAO is present in over 130 countries.

FAO main objective is to meet the demands posed by major global trends in agricultural development and challenges faced by member nations; FAO has identified key priorities on which it is best placed to intervene. A comprehensive review of the Organization’s comparative advantages was undertaken which enabled strategic objectives to be set, representing the main areas of work on which FAO will concentrate its efforts in striving to achieve its vision and global goals.

Oscar Rojas  (PhD in Agrometeorology; MBA in Bank and Finance & BA in Agricultural Economics), is currently a Natural Resources Officer of the Climate Impact and Adaptation of the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division. He has more than 20 years of experience working on the field of crop monitoring and yield forecasting for food security projects of Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), FAO, World Bank and the Joint Research Centre of European Commission (JRC). Main areas of work and interest include crop monitoring and early warning for food security, crop modelling, remote sensing, drought monitoring, risk management and development of tools to assess the impact of climate variability in agriculture.

Mejias Moreno  (Agricultural engineer, MSc in Water Resources management)  I joined FAO in 2003 and I have been a Programme Officer (Water resources) in the Land and Water Division since 2006. My work focuses on the development of programs and tools for the improvement of water productivity in agriculture, such as yield gap assessments and crop modeling. I also support field projects related to water management and irrigation in close cooperation with national governments. My working experience includes Europe, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin-American countries. Before joining FAO, I participated in several projects dealing with economic analysis of the impact of agricultural and water policies, through biophysical and economic models.

dirkDirk Raes is professor in irrigation at the KU Leuven University, Leuven, Belgium. In the frame of irrigation projects he stayed 7 years in Africa (Algeria, Senegal). He is specialist in evapotranspiration, soil water balances, irrigation water management and crop water productivity. He is involved in many international projects and cooperates closely with UNESCO (International Hydrologic Program) and FAO (Land and Water division of the Food and Agricultural Organization of United Nations). He is active in the development of software (ETo Calculator, and AquaCrop – the FAO crop model to simulate yield response to water), and is co-author of FAO Irrigation and Drainage Papers (Nr 56: ‘Crop evapotranspiration (guidelines for computing crop water requirements)’; and Nr 66: ‘Crop yield response to water’). Within Modextreme, Dirk is active in Work Packages 1 and 2.