Edgardo Arza, a national of the United States of America, is the Veterinary Planning and Response Coordinator for the Crisis Management Centre—Animal Health (CMC-AH) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
Dr. Arza was seconded to FAO by the United States Department from Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), where he was Area Veterinarian in Charge for USDA APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) at the Georgia Area Office, based in Conyers (suburb of Atlanta), Georgia, USA.
He arrived in Rome on March 2010 and will stay with FAO for 3-5 years.
Dr. Arza shared some experiences and perspectives about his time in FAO-Rome:
"My experience with the organization has been both challenging and very rewarding. Learning the very nature of this international institution has allowed me to better appreciate the complexity of its activities. From its diversity in languages, cultures and perspectives, in addition to the vast expertise that exists both technically as well as operationally."
“The thing that I like the most about working here is that I have been able to get to know and work with colleagues from all over the world with a common goal of making a difference in people’s lives and livelihoods.”
“My contribution to the work FAO does is recognized and appreciated. I have been delegated responsibility consistent with my position and expertise, and have received tremendous support by my colleagues and management.”
“I have learned so much from the activities undertaken by FAO, especially those related to animal disease surveillance and control efforts: from tracking animal disease events to coordinating emergency missions in support of member countries experiencing transboundary animal disease outbreaks. This is an area I have worked in for many years but never at the global level. My support to FAO’s Pakistan 2010 flood assistance as technical focal point for the Animal Health Service (AGAH) allowed me to expand beyond my normal day-to-day activities and work with many additional colleagues.”