Source nazret.com – U.S. President Barack Obama has appointed renowned Scientist Gebisa Ejeta to key administrative post. In a press release posted on the White House website, the statement said, President Obama has appointed the Ethiopian born scientist as a Board Member for International Food and Agriculture Development.

Gebisa Ejeta, a native of Ethiopia, is currently a Professor at Purdue University and serves as the Executive Director of the Purdue Center for Global Food Security. He previously served as Principal Plant Breeder for the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics assigned to Sudan. Dr. Ejeta serves on the Consortium Board of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, the Sasakawa Africa Association, and the Chicago Council for Global Affairs Agricultural Development Program. He is a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Sciences, the Crop Science Society of Agronomy, and the American Society of Agronomy. Dr. Ejeta was the recipient of the 2009 World Food Prize. He holds a B.S. in Plant Sciences from Alemaya College of Agriculture in Ethiopia, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Genetics and Breeding from Purdue University.

Professor Gebisa is the third Ethiopian-American to be appointed to key administrative post by President Obama. In 2009, President Obama appointed Longtime Denver banker Daniel Yohannes of Ethiopia, to serve as CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corp. In 2010, President Obama appointed Ethiopian born Mimi E. Alemayehou to Member, Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation.

About Board for International Food and Agricultural

Source: USAID
The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) was created in 1975 under Title XII (“Famine Prevention and Freedom from Hunger”) of the Foreign Assistance Act.

The primary role of BIFAD is to advise the USAID Administrator on agricultural development priorities and issues and to monitor activities undertaken under Title XII.BIFAD members (read short bios) are appointed by the President. There are seven members, at least four of whom must be from the U.S. university community. The Board receives technical, administrative and financial support through the Office of Agriculture, Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade, in the person of the Title XII Federal Officer and other Office staff. BIFAD normally meets at least three times a year.

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