Academia Perspectives Roundtable

01/07/2020 - 01/07/2020

Preventing a health crisis from becoming a food crisis, learning from the COVID-19 pandemic experience: 

What role can partnerships between FAO and academic institutions play?


1 July 2020, 14:00-15:30 CEST


This roundtable will offer a forum for partners from academic and research institutions, member representatives, and FAO staff to engage in an open dialogue to better understand opportunities for leveraging partnerships to help prevent a health crisis from turning into a food crisis, learning from the COVID-19 pandemic experience.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from a distinguished panel of speakers, who will respond to the question: how can FAO be better prepared to assist its members achieve their goals through partnership with academia given the challenges brought on by COVID-19?


Opening remarks

  • Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director-General, FAO


Setting the Scene

  • H.E. Mohammad Hossein Emadi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to FAO and Rome-Based Agencies 



  • Patrick Stover, Vice Chancellor, Texas A&M AgriLife; Dean, Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M University System (United States)
  • Shenggen Fan, former DG of International Food Policy Research Institute; Chair Professor and Leader of National Innovation Team on Food Economics and Policy, China Agricultural University
  • Harold Roy-Macauley, Director General, Africa Rice Center
  • Louise Fresco, President of the Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research (Netherlands)
  • Pascal Bergeret, Director of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier, International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)



  • Marcela Villarreal, Director, Partnerships Division, FAO


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