FAO in Pakistan

FAO staff remembers Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad


The morning of June 3 was sombre at FAOPK Representation office in Islamabad. News of Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad’s sudden death left his family, friends and colleagues in shock and disbelief.
A condolence meeting was held at the FAOPK premises to commemorate the life and work of late Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad. His sons, Misbah Ahmad and Burhan Ahmad also joined the gathering. Colleagues of Dr. Iftikhar remembered him fondly talking about memorable professional experiences with him. A minute of prayer was also observed at the condolence.
Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad was a renowned agriculture development expert. In 1982, he obtained his Ph.D. in Plant Biology from University of Wales, United Kingdom. During his illustrious career, he served as Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and also held a number of prestigious positions including Member at Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and Director General, National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC). He wrote more than 300 publications and held membership of 22 societies and professional bodies. Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad joined FAO Pakistan as Program Advisor on 16 November 2015. He is survived by 2 sons and 1 daughter.