C 2005/18


Thirty-third Session

Rome, 19–26 November 2005

(Note by the Secretary-General of the Conference and Council)

1. In accordance with Rule XXXVI-1 (a) of the General Rules of the Organization, the Council at its Hundred and Twenty-seventh Session (November 2004) decided “that nominations to the office of Director-General should be communicated to the Secretary-General of the Conference at the latest by 8 April 2005 at 12.00 hours, and that such nominations should be circulated by the Secretary-General to all Member Nations of the Organization by 29 April 2005.” (CL 127/REP, para 105).

2. By the date set by the Council, the Secretary-General of the Conference and Council had received one nomination. The nomination and the curriculum vitae of the nominee are appended as follows:

Appendix A:     Jacques Diouf (Senegal)
                         - Nomination received on 6 December 2004




Republic of Senegal
One People – One Goal – one Faith
(National emblem)

Dakar, 6 December 2004
The President of the Republic

Mr Secretary General,

You will recall that at its Hundred and Twenty-seventh Session held in Rome from 22 to 27 November 2004, the Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) decided, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXXVI.1(a) of the General Rules of the Organization, that nominations for the post of Director-General of FAO should be communicated to you by 8 April 2005.

In accordance with Rule XII.5 of the General Rules, I should like by means of this letter and on behalf of the Republic of Senegal to submit the nomination of Dr Jacques DIOUF for re-election to the post of Director-General of FAO.

Attached is the curriculum vitae of Mr DIOUF in French and English.

I should like finally to indicate that at its Third Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa in July 2004, the Conference of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union decided to nominate Dr Jacques DIOUF as Africa’s sole candidate for the post of Director-General of FAO.

Accept, Mr Secretary General, the assurance of my highest consideration.

(Stamp of the President)



Abdoulaye WADE

Acting Secretary General of the
Conference and Council of FAO
B 202-Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome

Fax: (003906) 57053961



Dr Jacques Diouf
Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations (FAO)



Date of birth:

1 August 1938

Place of birth:

Saint-Louis, Senegal



Family status:

Married to Aïssatou Seye in 1963. The Diouf family has five children




Certificate in Primary Studies from Ecole Duval, Saint-Louis (Senegal)


Baccalaureate in Applied Sciences from Lycée Faidherbe, Saint-Louis (Senegal)


Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the Ecole nationale d'agriculture, Grignon-Paris (France)

Master of Science in Tropical Agronomy from the Ecole nationale d'application d'agronomie tropicale, Nogent-Paris (France)

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences of the Rural Sector (Agricultural Economics) from the Faculté de droit et de sciences économiques, Panthéon - Sorbonne, Paris (France)

Practical Training

Certificate in Management from the American Management Association, New York (USA)

Senior Programme Certificate in Management from the American Management Association, New York (USA)


Wolof, French, English, Spanish



8 November 1993

Elected Director-General of FAO on 8 November 1993
(took up office on 1 January 1994), Rome (Italy)

May 1991 - Dec 1993

Ambassador, Senegalese Permanent Mission to the United Nations,
New York (USA)

1990 – 1991

Special Adviser to the Governor, Central Bank for West African States,
Dakar (Senegal)

1985 – 1990

Secretary-General of the Central Bank for West African States,
Dakar, (Senegal)

1984 – 1985

Adviser to the President and Regional Director of the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa (Canada)

1983 –1984

Member of Parliament, Dakar (Senegal):


Chairman of the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee and Elected Secretary


Chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group, Senegal-United Kingdom


Member of Parliament of the Senegambian Confederation, Dakar/Banjul (Senegal/Gambia)

1978 - 1983

Secretary of State for Science and Technology in the Senegalese Government, Dakar (Senegal)

1971 - 1977

Executive Secretary, West Africa Rice Development Association, Monrovia (Liberia)

1965 - 1971

Executive Secretary, African Groundnut Council, Lagos (Nigeria)

1963 - 1964

Director of the European Office and the Agricultural Programme of the Marketing Board, Paris/Dakar (France/Senegal)


During his career, Dr Diouf has also held other positions of responsibility, including:



Between 1979 and 1993, Dr Diouf participated in major international meetings across the globe representing his country, the Central Bank for West African States or in a personal capacity, and undertook field trips to various agricultural institutions around the world.




“Ethique scientifique et problématique alimentaire” - Communication to the Academy of Sciences of France. Discours et notices biographiques de l'Académie des Sciences, First Edition, Paris, 1998

“Eloges de Senghor” - Speech at the ceremony in honour of Léopold Sedar Senghor on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday - Présence Senghor, Unesco, Paris 1996

“The Challenge of Agricultural Development in Africa” - Consultative Group in International Agricultural Research, World Bank, Sir John Crawford Memorial Lecture - 1989, Washington, D.C., USA

“Intérêts et objectifs de l'Afrique dans les Sommets francophones, nouvel instrument des relations internationales” - Centre québécois des relations internationales, Collection Choix - 1988, Quebec, Canada

“Le fondement du dialogue scientifique entre les civilisations euro-occidentales et négro-africaines” - Dialog Westeuropa Schwarzafrica, Verlag Fritz Molden - 1979, Vienna, Austria

“La détérioration du pouvoir d'achat de l'arachide” - Club Nation and Development, Présence africaine - 1972, Paris, France