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2004 Laureate Monty Jones to head Global Forum for Agricultural Research

12/22/2009

 Monty Jones to head Global Forum for Agricultural Research

Dr. Monty Jones
2004 World Food Prize Laureate

 

 December 22, 2009 -- 2004 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Monty Jones has been selected as the new chair of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR).

Dr. Jones will assume leadership from current chair Prof. Adel El?Beltagy of Egypt at the closing session of the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD 2010), in Montpellier, France, March 28?31, 2010.

Currently the executive director of the Forum on Agricultural Research for Africa (FARA), Dr Jones shared the 2004 World Food Prize with Yuan Longping of China. Dr. Jones was honored for his work on the development of the New Rice for Africa (NERICA), a rice variety specifically bred for the ecological and agricultural conditions in Africa.

In addition to the World Food Prize, Dr. Jones has received numerous international awards and in 2007 was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine.

More on the GFAR announcement can be found here.


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