Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Biodiversity





National Focal Points for The State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

FAO invited member countries to designate National Focal Points for the preparation of Country Reports on biodiversity for food and agriculture, through an official invitation, to serve as the main contact point during the preparatory process. Contact details of National Focal Points nominated so far are listed below.

Country

Name

Title

Contact

AFGHANISTAN

(Mr) Nasratullah BAKHTANI

Head of M& E Directorate; Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock

Email

ALBANIA

(Ms) Elam VATHI

Specialist at the Sector of European Integration and International Cooperation; Directorate of European Integration, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration

Email

ALGERIA

(M.) Abdelhamid HEMDANI

Sous-directeur chargé de la Protection des Patrimoines

Email

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

(Ms) Maudvere  BRADFORD

Senior Research Officer

Email

ARGENTINA

(Ms) Carla PASCALE MEDINA

Ingeniera Agrónoma; Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca

Email or Email

 ARMENIA

(Ms) Kristine PETROSYAN

Scientist; Scientific Center of Vegetables, Melon and Industrial Crops; Ministry of Agriculture

Email or Email

AUSTRALIA

(Mr) Ryan WILSON

Director, Agricultural Cooperation, Capability and Standards

Email

AUSTRIA

(Mr) Phillip JUDEX

Director, International Agricultural and Trade Policy Division; Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management

Email

AZERBAIJAN

(Mr) Zyenal AKPAROV

Head of National Scientific-Technical Committee;
Director of the Genetic Resources Institute of ANAS

Email

BAHAMAS

(Mr) Kenneth RICHARDSON

Assistant Director of Agriculture; Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources

Email

BAHRAIN

(Mr) Abdel-Mawgoud R. ISMAIL

Email

BANGLADESH

(Mr) Aziz Zilani CHOWDHURY

Member-Director (Crops), Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council

Email or Email

BELARUS

(Mr) Fiodar PRYVALAU

BELGIUM

(Ms) Cindy BOONEN

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Sustainable Agricultural Development Division

Email

BELIZE

(Mr) Roberto HARRISON

Chief Agriculture Officer; Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development

Email

BENIN

(M.) Djima ALY

Ingénieur Agronome-Sélectionneur, Spécialiste des semences et Point Focal National des Ressources Phytogénetiques

Email or Email

BHUTAN

(Ms) Sangay DEMA

Principal Biodiversity Officer; National Biodiversity Centre; Ministry of Agriculture and Forests; Serbithang, Thimphu, Bhutan

Email

BOLIVIA

(Ms) Marcela VILELA PORCEL

Dependiente del Viceministerio de Desarrollo Rural y Agropecuario

Email

BRAZIL

(Mr) Alexandre Moreira PALMA

Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply

Email

BURKINA FASO

(M.) Widegnoma Jean de Dieu NITIEMA

Directeur de la vulgarisation et de la Recherche-développement (DVRD); Ministère de l'Agriculture et de la Sécurité alimentaire

Email

BURUNDI

(Mme) Claudine KAMARIZA

Conseillère au Cabinet du Ministre de l'Agriculture et de l'Elevage

Email

CABO VERDE 

(Ms) Nora Helena SILVA

Chercheur à l'Institut National de la Recherche et Développement Agricole (INIDA) 

Email

CAMBODIA

(Mr) Hean VANHAN

Deputy Director General, General Directorate of Agriculture; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Email

CAMEROON

(M.) Rabelais YANKAM NJONOU

Inspecteur général  du Développement rural

Email

CHAD

(Mr) Oumar Mahamat HASSAN

Cadre au Ministere de I' Agriculture et de I'Environnement

Email

CHILE

(Ms) Teresa Agüero TEARE

Encargada ambiental, bioseguridad y recursos genéticos, Oficina de Estudios y Politicas Agrarias-Odepa; Ministerio de Agricultura

Email

COOK ISLANDS

(Mr) William WIGMORE

Director of Crops Research and Development; Ministry of Agriculture

Email

COSTA RICA

(Ms) Angela González GRAU

Directora Ejecutiva de la Oficina Técnica de la Comisión Nacional para la Gestión de la Biodiversidad, Oficina Técnica de CONAGEBIO, Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía

Email

CROATIA

(Ms) Snježana ŠPANJOL

Vice-Minister
Ministry of Agriculture

Email

CYPRUS

(Ms) Anna KOUPPARI

Senior Agricultural Officer
Department of Agriculture

Email

CZECH REPUBLIC

(Mr) Vlastimil ZEDEK

Department of the Environment and Organic Farming; Ministry of Agriculture

Email

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

(Mme) Brigitte KAJINGA MUTOMBO

Chef de Division Suivi et Evaluation au Service de Quarantaine
Animale et Végétale;
Coordonnatrice du Projet Renforcement des capacités des pays africains pour Ia conservation et  l'utilisation durable des ressources génétiques animales en Afrique

Email

DENMARK

(Ms) Malene Karup OLESEN

(Ms) Birgitte LUND

Head of Section; Centre for Agriculture, Department of Environment and Biodiversity

Scientific Adviser; Centre for Agriculture, Department of Environment and Biodiversity

Email

 

Email

ECUADOR

(Ms) Nelly PAREDES

Investigadora agropecuaria del Departamento de Recursos Genéticos; Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias

Email

EGYPT

(Mr) Mohamed Ibrahim ELHAWARI

Egypt National Gene Bank

Email

EL SALVADOR

(Ms) Sonia Edith SOLORZANO

Técnico de la Unidad de Tecnología de Semilla de CENTA

Email

ETHIOPIA

(Mr) Genene TEFERA 

Director, Biodiversity Conservation and Use Directorate
Ethiopian Institute of Biodiversity (EIB)

Email

FINLAND

(Ms) Tuula PEHU

Ministerial Adviser
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Email

FIJI

(Mr) Savenaca CUQUMA

Senior Research Officer, Ministry of Agriculture

Email

FRANCE

(M.) Pierre VELGE

Adjoint à la Secrétaire Générale du CIAA, Questions alimentaires et vétérinaires, Premier ministre - Secrétariat Général des Affaires Européenne 

Email

GABON

(M.) Gislin MBYE NTOMA

Economiste du Développmenet Durable, Conseiller chargé du Capital Natel; Ministère de l'agriculture et de l'entreprenariat agricole

Email

GAMBIA (THE)

(Mr) Ousainou TOURAY

Deputy Director, Department of Parks and Wildlife Management; Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Water Resources, and Parks and Wildlife


Email

GEORGIA

(Mr) Levan UJMAJURIDZE

Head of the Scientific Research Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia

Email

GERMANY

(Mr) Thomas MEIER

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture - Deputy Head of Div. Biological Diversity and Biopatents

Email

GRENADA

(Ms) Simone LEWIS

Sr Environmental Officer/CBD Secondary Focal Point, Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Email or

Email 

GUATEMALA

(Mr) César AZURDIA

Asesor de la Oficina Técnica de la Biodiversidad; Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas

Email

GUINEA

(Mr) Boubacar DIALLO

Docteur es Sciences Zootechniques; Ministère de l’Elevage et des Productions Animales

Email

GUINEA-BISSAU

(M.) Lourenco Monteiro CARVALHO DE ABREU

Entomologiste (Master of Science); Ministère de l'Agriculture

Email

GUYANA

(Mr) Mahendra PERSAUD

Plant Breeder/Chief Scientist; Guyana Rice Development Board

Email

HUNGARY

(Mme) Ágnes DÚS

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Email

IRAQ

(Mr) Sahar AL-BAYATTI

National Coordinator for the Management of Animal Genetic Resources; AGRU-SCARS-MOA

Email

IRAN  (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF)

(Mr) Javad MOZAFARI

Director General,
Academic Relations and International Affairs (ARIA)
Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO)
Ministry of Jihad-e-Agriculture 

Email

IRELAND

(Ms) Cara MACAODHAIN

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Email

JAMAICA

(Mrs) Carla BUCKNOR-DOUGLAS

Senior Research Director, Research and Development Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Email or email

JORDAN

(Ms) Maha Qasim AL SYOUF

Director of Biodiversity, Medicinal Plant and Plant Genetic Resources Directorate, National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE)

Email

KENYA

(Mr) Desterio Ondieki NYAMONGO

Senior Principal Research Officer and Ag. Director, Genetic Resources Research Institute; Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)

Email

KUWAIT

(Mr) Salah Mudhi AL-MUDHI

Director General
Environment Public Authority

Email

KYRGYZSTAN

(Mr) Bayalin BAITEMIROV

Director State Breeding Station of the Ministry

Email

LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

(Mr) Bounthong BOUAHOM

Director-General, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institution (NAFRI); Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Email

LEBANON

(Mr) Ali CHEHADE

Ministerial Adviser
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Email

MADAGASCAR

(M.) Siméon RAKOTOMAMONJY

Chercheur, Responsable du service Programmation et Suivi-Evaluation de la Direction Scientifique du FOFIFA

Email

MALAWI

(M.) Lawrent PUNGULANI

Curator, Malawi Plant Genetic Resource Center

Email or Email

MALDIVES

(Ms) Shafia AMINATH

Director General, Agriculture and Forestry Division; Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture

Email

MALI

(M.) Amadou SIDIBE

Chef de l'Unité des Ressources Génétiques de l'Institut d'Economie Rurale

Email

MARSHALL ISLANDS

(Mr) Henry CAPELLE

Chief of Agriculture and Quarantine; Ministry of Resources and Development

Email

MAURITANIA

(M.) Sidi Mahmoud Ould SIDI

Conseiller technique du Ministre du Développement

Email

MAURITIUS

(Mr) P. BEEHARRY

Senior Scientific Officer, Horticulture Division, Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security

Email or Email

MEXICO

(Mr) Luis Fernando Flores LUI

Director General del Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias (INIFAP)

Email

MOLDOVA

(Mr) Iurie SENIC (Main Focal Point)

Head of Division of the ecological production and origin products of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry

Email

MONGOLIA

(Ms) Erdenejargal TUMURBAATAR

Head of International Cooperation Division; Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Email or Email

MOROCCO

(M.) Chaouki ALFAIZ

Chef du Département de'Amélioration et de la Conservation des Ressources Génétiques à la Division Scientifique de l'INRA

Email

NAURU

(Mr) Sadikumar PARAVANOOR

(Ms) Marissa COOK

Acting Secretary CIE

Assistant Director for Agriculture

Email or Email

NEPAL

(Mr) Suroj POKHREL

Joint Secretary - Food Security and Environment Division; Ministry of Agricultural Development

Email

NETHERLANDS

(Mr) Bert VISSER

Director, Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands; Wageningen University and Research Centre

Email

NEW ZEALAND

(Mr) Peter BELLINGHAM

Plant Ecologist, Portfolio Leader, Measuring Biodiversity Change, Landcare Research

Email

NICARAGUA

(Mr) Bosco CASTILLO

Coordinador, Sistema Nacional de Producción, Consumo y Comercio

Email

NIGER

(Mr) Maman Mourtala ZAKARI ISSA

Chercheur à l'Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN)

Email

NIGERIA

(Mr) Amin Muhammed BABANDI

Director, Federal Department of Agriculture; Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Email

NIUE

(Mr) Poimatagi OKESENE

Senior Technical Project Manager, Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries; Ministry of Natural Resources

Email

NORWAY

(Ms) Nina SÆTER 

Director
Norwegian Genetic Resource Center

Email

OMAN

(Mr) Abdul Aziz Salim Amour AL-HARTHY

Director, Plant Production Research Center

Email

PAKISTAN

(Mr) Mustafa SAJID

Director, Plant Genetic Resources Institute (PGRI), NARC/PARC

Email

PALAU

(Ms) Aurora GABERTAN DEL ROSARIO

Researcher, Palau Community College

Email

PANAMA

(Mr) Axel VILLALOBOS

Director General, Instituto de Investigación Agropecuaria de Panamá 

Email

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

(Mr) Brown KONABE

Email

PERU

(Ms) Cinthya ZORRILLA CISNEROS

Directora de la Subdirección de Recursos Genéticos; Instituto Nacional de Innovación Agraria

Email

PHILIPPINES

(Mr) Segfredo R. SERRANO

Undersecretary for Policy and Planning; Department of Agriculture

QATAR

(Ms) Salwa Dasmal AL KUWARI

Head of the Genetic Resources Division; Ministry of the Environment

Email or Email

REPUBLIC OF KOREA

(Mr) Chang-yeon CHO

Researcher, Animal Genetic Resources Center; National Institute of Animal Science, Rural Development Administration

Email

RWANDA

(Mr) Damascene NDAYAMBAJE

Head of Forestry Program, Rwanda Agriculture Board

Email

SAINT LUCIA

(Mr) George SMALL

Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Cooperatives and Rural Development; Extension and Advisory Services

Email or Email

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

(Mr) Rohan MCDONALD

Agricultural Officer/Biotechnician

Email

SAMOA

(Mr) Seuseu TAUATI

Research Consultant, Crop Division; Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Email

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE

(Mr) Nilton Garido SOUSA PONTE

Ingénieur agronome du Ministère de l'agriculture, pêches et du développement rural

Email

SAUDI ARABIA

(Mr) Ahmad Khalaf ALSHAMARI

Director of the Plant Gene Bank

Email or Email

SENEGAL

(M.) Mamadou Lamine MAR

Ingénieur des Travaux de la Statistique
Direction de l'Analyse, de la Prévision et des Statistiques Agricoles (DAPSA)

Email

SEYCHELLES

(Mr) Keven NANCY

Principal Officer (Director)
Research and Development Section - Seychelles Agricultural Agency

Email

SIERRA LEONE

(Mr) William BANGURA

Director of Forestry; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security

Email or Email

SLOVAKIA

(Ms) Daniela BENEDIKOVÁ

Gene Bank of the Slovak Republic - Plant Production Research Center

Email

SLOVENIA

(Ms) Joži Jerman CVELBAR

Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment; Agriculture Directorate

Email

SOLOMON ISLANDS

(Ms) Helen TSATSIA

Deputy Director, Agriculture Research and Development Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock

Email

SPAIN

(Mr) Gonzalo EIRIZ GERVÁS

Subdirector General de Relaciones Internacionales y Asuntos Comunitarios; Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente

Email

SRI LANKA

(Mr) Athula LIYANAGE

Assistant Director of Agriculture (Agriculture Research); Plant Genetic Resource Centre

Email

SUDAN

(Ms) Afaf ELGOZOULI

Director, Quality Control and Export Development Unit; Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation

Email or Email

SURINAME

(Ms) Sunita BIPAT

Head of the Division Experimental Gardens
Ministry of Agriculture

Email

SWAZILAND

(Mr) Thembinkosi GUMEDZE

Manager, National Plant Genetic Resources Centre

Email

SWEDEN

(Ms) Mikaela STAHL

Senior Administrative Officer, Animal and Food Division, Ministry for Rural Affairs, Government Offices of Sweden

Email

SWITZERLAND

(M.) François PYTHOUD

Responsable du Secteur Agriculture durable internationale; Département fédéral de l'économie, de la formation et de la recherche DEFR; Office fédéral de l'agriculture OFAG

Email

SYRIA

(Mr) Dr. Awadis ARSLAN

Director General
General Commission for Scientific Agricultural Research

Email

TAJIKISTAN

(Ms) Lola UMAROVA

Chief Specialist of the MoA Department for agrarian policy and monitoring of food security

Email

TANZANIA

(Ms) Margaret Jonathan MOLLEL

Principal Research Scientist and Curator; National Plant Genetic Resource Center (NPGRC)

Email

THAILAND

(Ms) Chutima RATANASATIEN 

Senior specialist in plant varieties protection, Plant Varieties Protection Division, Department of Agriculture

Email

TOGO

(Mr) Koffi KOMBATE

Point Focal Environnement, Ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'Elevage et de la Pêche, Institut Togolais de Recherche Agronomique

Email

TONGA

(Ms) Leody VAINIKOLO

Deputy Chief Executive Officer; Head of Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Forests and Fisheries

Email

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

(Ms) Fatima Obaid AL KALBANI

Engineer; Ministry of Environment and Water

Email

UNITED KINGDOM

(Ms) Sarah CUNNINGHAM

Genetic Resources Team, Sustainable and Competitive Farming Strategy, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Email

UNITED STATES

(Ms) Elise GOLAN

Director for Sustainable Development, Office of the Chief Economist, US Department of Agriculture

Email

VANUATU

(Mr) Tekon Timothy TUMUKON

Director of Biosecurity;
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity

Email

VENEZUELA

(Ms) Delis PEREZ

Gerente de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica del INIA

Email

VIETNAM

(Mr) La Tuan NGHIA

Director General
Plant Resource Research Center
Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Email

YEMEN

(Mr) Maeen Ali Ahmed ALJARMOUZI

Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation

Email

ZAMBIA

(Mr) Dickson NG'UNI

Principal Agricultural Research Officer, Head of the National Plant Genetic Resources Centre

Email

21 September 2015