NAMIBIA – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations country office in Namibia has appointed Qingyun Diao as the new FAO representative in Namibia, effective 24 June.

According to FAO’s media statement, Diao’s appointment marks a significant milestone in strengthening the longstanding relationship between FAO, Namibia, International Organizations, and Diplomatic and Consular Missions accredited to Namibia.

A distinguished entomologist, Diao hails from China, holding a Doctor of Philosophy in Entomology, a Master of Science in Entomology, and a Bachelor of Science in Entomology from China Agricultural University in Beijing, China.

Her impressive career spans several significant roles, including serving as the First Secretary/Chief of the Agricultural Office at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Mexico City, Mexico, since 2018.

Diao takes over the role of FAO representative in Namibia from Farayi Zimudzi, and according to her, she is eager to contribute her expertise and leadership in planning and implementing FAO programs and extrabudgetary project activities for the country.

Diao expressed her sincere commitment to maintaining and strengthening relationships between the FAO and the Namibian government, international organizations, and diplomatic and consular missions accredited to Namibia.

Diao said she looks forward to advancing cooperation in the pursuit of sustainable agriculture and food security in Namibia, in line with the new FAO strategies that seek to support the 2030 Agenda through transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agri-food systems.

Previously, Diao’s journey began in 1998 as a Scientist at the Institute of Apicultural Research (IAR) in Beijing, China.

She further progressed to hold the positions of Director of the Management Department of the IAR and Director of the Management Office of the National Special Research Projects for the Public Welfare Industries in Beijing, concurrently from 2007 to 2010.

FAO stated that its primary and crucial goal in Namibia is to help eliminate hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition while enhancing the productivity and sustainability of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries, and reducing rural poverty.

According to FAO, this objective aligns with the new strategies of the FAO, which are designed to support the 2030 Agenda through the transition to more efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agri-food systems.

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