27 Nov 2012 -- After one and a half years as FAO Representative in Bangladesh, Dominique Burgeon has left Dhaka and returned to headquarters in Rome, where he has accepted the position of new Director of FAO’s Emergency and Rehabilitation Division (TCE).
Mr. Burgeon joined FAO in 1994. As FAO Representative in Bangladesh, he oversaw one of the largest country programmes of the Organization- an apt appointment for the challenging task of managing TCE. Indeed, Mr. Burgeon’s new assignment begins during a period of major change within the Technical Cooperation Department as a whole, as part of a strategic internal reform process launched by Director-General José Graziano da Silva upon taking office in January 2012.
In TCE this includes the decentralization of responsibilities for the management of emergency activities and the integration of emergency and development programmes. FAO as a whole is shifting away from the concept of emergency relief to one of building resilience to threats and crises, particularly for small-scale farmers who bear the brunt of emergency situations caused by both weather and human-related events. <more>