Dr. Carrie Fowler, known as the “father” of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, was announced Thursday as the State Department’s food safety ambassador.
The eminent agriculturist will be the US special envoy for global food security, accused of working with allies and partners in tackling food shortages in the United States and around the world, a department statement said.
Fowler’s experience includes working for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Global Crop Diversity Trust.
Fowler is starting his new role as food insecurity is threatened by climate change as well as the ongoing effects of COVID-19 and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Groups working on global food security say the war in Ukraine is expected to have far-reaching effects, as the country is known as the “European bread basket” for wheat and grain exports, which supplies many African countries. Middle East.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the war in Ukraine is a three-dimensional crisis – food, energy and money – with devastating effects on the world’s most vulnerable people, countries and economies.
Fowler will also serve as Deputy Co-ordinator for Diplomacy under the US Agency for International Development’s Feed the Future initiative.
“I will rely on Dr. Fowler’s strategic vision and advice as we continue to work with the international community to address many of the challenges of global food security, nutrition and food security,” said Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.