The World Agricultural Forum has appointed Dr Kenneth Baker as chairman of the board, succeeding Dr Leonard Guarraia who has held the post since he founded the Forum in 1997.
The World Agricultural Forum (WAF) seeks to create awareness and educate all stakeholders about the critical role agriculture plays in rural and economic development, and ultimately, national security.
James Bolger, chairman of the WAF advisory board and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, said: “We are honoured that Ken has agreed to take on this position and to guide the WAF for the next few years. Ken led the delivery of the important WAF 2011 World Congress held in Brussels earlier this month. I am sure we continue to be in safe hands.”
Dr Guarraia remains as chairman-emeritus of WAF, a non-profit organisation set up for scientific, educational and charitable purposes and established in the United States at St Louis, Missouri.
The WAF has accepted an invitation from Kiran Kumar Reddy, chief minister of Andhra Pradesh India to hold its next Congress in 2013 in Hyderabad.
Dr Baker will continue to be based in Brussels, Belgium.