The World Farmers’ Organization (WFO) held their General Assembly March 25th-29th in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event’s program included setting the agenda for the upcoming year, breakout thematic workshops on topics such as Innovation, Food Security and Climate Change, and visits to local Argentinian farms. Most notably, the General Assembly also elected their next president, Peter Kendall.
Kendall will replace Robert Carlson (United States) who had served the previous two-year term. For the last eight years, Kendall had served as president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) in England and Wales. He will guide the WFO with Vice President Evelyn Ngueleka and board members from six different continents.
According to Kendall, his “priority will be to continue to raise the profile of the WFO so it is seen as the lead and most respected organization for global agriculture. To be elected at this critical time is both a great honor and responsibility.”
Meurig Raymond, who will replace Kendall as president of the NFU, said of the appointment, “over the past eight years he did an outstanding job for the NFU in promoting British agriculture, not just at home, but to a worldwide audience. I know that in this role he will show the same effort and enthusiasm to help develop key agricultural policies, including food security, climate change and trade.”
The WFO is an international organization of agricultural producers that generates policies to support the world’s farmers. The organization places particular focus on smallholder farmers and represents their interests at international policy forums. The WFO General Assembly meets annually.
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