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Ian Johnson

Secretary General

Club of Rome


Ian has been engaged in food security issues throughout his career starting with living and working in rural Bangladesh for five years where he saw first-hand the effects of famine, inadequate access to food, and the link between poverty and food security. Being witness to many thousands dying of starvation due to dire poverty has remained an indelible image for Ian. Later in his career at the World Bank he was Vice President for Sustainable Development which included oversight on the Bank’s policy and operational work on agriculture, rural development and food policy. He was also appointed Chairman of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the largest publicly funded agricultural research system, and visited many countries to witness the results of research into food security, agricultural productivity, and the links between agriculture and ecology. It made him aware of the urgent need for research and the application of science to the issue of food security. Ian has continued his interest in food security and currently he is a member of the scientific advisory board of the World Food Systems Center of ETH University, Zurich. Ian is Secretary General of the Club of Rome.


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