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FAO Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Argentinian economist Raúl Osvaldo Benítez was appointed as Regional Representative of FAO for Latin America and the Caribbean in June 2012. Since then, he has worked to foster the region’s achievements in hunger eradication, convinced that "the current generation of Latin Americans and Caribbean’s may be the last to live with hunger." Benitez has worked tirelessly to place food security at the top of the region’s political agenda, supporting major agreements such as the Plan for Food Security, Nutrition and Hunger Eradication of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC, which seeks to end hunger by 2025, in less than a decade.

About Raúl Benítez

The Argentinian economist Raúl Benítez has had a prominent professional career closely related to agriculture, rural development and economics.

He graduated as an economist at the National University of Cordoba, conducted graduate studies at Harvard University, USA and at the University of Belgrano. He is a PhD candidate in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Argentina.

As Minister for Production and Economic Development of San Juan, Argentina, he drove this province to lead the national ranking of economic growth, reaching the second place in the Argentinian competitiveness ranking, and cutting the unemployment rate to its lowest point since the 1980s. [See more]

"Without political commitment we will not get far. Hunger is not a single government’s problem, the whole society must be involved in the fight against poverty".

"Family farming should be an engine for hunger eradication, sustainable development and poverty reduction in the rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean".

"To poverty and malnutrition we should perhaps add the greatest challenge humanity has faced so far in this new century: climate change and the degradation of our natural resources."

"From this year on we must work with a new roadmap and new challenges: the Sustainable Development Goals in which FAO has a key role to play thanks to our experience and resources".

Raúl Benitez