List of Signatories as of May 5, 2020: An Open Letter to the UN, G-20 and National Governments on COVID-19 and Agriculture for Food and Nutrition Security


Amin Abaza, Former Minister of Agriculture, Egypt and former Chair, Arabia Cotton Company

Ayman Abou-Hadid, Former Minister of Agriculture, Egypt

Yoginder Alagh, Former Minister of Planning, Government of India, Professor Emeritus, SPIESR, Ahmedabad, India

Guram Aleksidze, President, Georgian Academy of Agriculture Sciences (GAAS) and Chairman, Central Asia and the Caucasus Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (CACAARI)

Rashid Alimov, Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization 2016-2018

Mario Allegri, Former Chairman, FORAGRO and Executive Member of GFAR, Rome

Abdulaziz Altwaijri, former Director General ISESCO

Ayyappan, Former Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Chancellor, Central Agricultural University, Imphal

Sayed Azam-Ali, CEO, Crops for the Future, Malaysia

Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of Pakistan 2004-2007

Lennart Båge, former President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World and Alliance to End Hunger

Andrew Bennett, President, The Tropical Agricultural Association, UK

Sali Berisha, President of Albania 1992-1997, Prime Minister 2005-2013

Jean Omer Beriziky, Prime Minister of Madagascar 2011-2014

Wided Bouchamaoui, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2015

Geoffrey Boulton, University of Edinburgh and International Science Council

Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the UK, 2007-2010

Derek Byerlee, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC

Peter Carberry, Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, India

Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer

Fernando Chaparro, Honorary Member, Colombian Academy of Physical and Natural Sciences, Bogotá and former Executive Secretary, Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR)

Eric Chinje, Senior Advisor, African Media Initiative, Kenya

Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand 1999-2008, Administrator of UNDP 2009- 2017

Ronnie Coffman, Andrew H. & James S. Tisch Distinguished University Professor, International Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics, Director of International Programs, Department of Global Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania 1996-2000

Gordon R Conway, President, Rockefeller Foundation, 1998-2004

Mirko Cvetkovic, Prime Minister of Serbia 2008-2012

Malavika Dadlani, President, Indian Society of Seed Technology, New Delhi, India and former Joint Director (Research), Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

William D. Dar, Secretary, Philippines Department of Agriculture and former, Director General, ICRISAT, Hyderabad

Herman De Croo, Minister of State of Belgium, Honorary Speaker of the House

Mahendra Dev, Director and Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai and former Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, IFPRI

John Dixon, Professor, University of Queensland, Australia

Mahmud Duwayri, Professor of Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture, Former Minister of Agriculture, Jordan

Adel El-Beltagy, Former Minister of Agriculture, Egypt, former Director General, ICARDA and Head of IDCC

Susan Elliot, CEO, President Committee on American Foreign Policy

Ismahane Elouafi, Director General, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), Dubai, UAE

Mahmoud El-Solh, Former Director General, ICARDA, Aleppo, Syria and Member, High Level Panel of Experts of the Committee of World Food Security, FAO, Rome

Shenggen Fan, Former Director General, IFPRI, Washington and Chair Professor, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China.

Nina Fedoroff, U. S. National Medal of Science Laureate 2006, former President, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Marco Ferroni, Chair, CGIAR System Management Board

Tony Fischer, Honorary Fellow and Crawford Fund Coordinator, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Canberra, Australia

Jan Fisher, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic 2009-2010

Jerome I. Friedman, Nobel Laureate (Physics), 1990; Institute Professor and Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nathalie de Gaulle, Founder of Societer & NG-INOV

Prem Lal Gautam, Former Vice Chancellor, GBPUAT, Pantnagar Uttarakhand, India

María Beatriz Pilu Giraudo, Honorary President, La Asociación Argentina de Productoresen Siembra Directa (AAPRESID), Argentina

Peter Gluckman, Chair, International Network for Government Science Advice, New Zealand

Herath Gunasena, Emeritus Professor, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Anil Gupta, Former Professor, IIM, Ahmedabad, and Chair, Honey Bee Network, India

Hari Shanker Gupta, Former Director General, Borlaug Institute for South Asia & Former Director, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius 2015-2018

Heidi Hackmann, CEO, International Science Council, Paris, France

Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, 2000-2012

Ibrahim Hamdan, Former Executive Secretary, AARINENA and FAO Senior Regional Officer

HRH Prince Hasan bin Talal, Jordan

Mohamed Hasan, President, The World Academy of Sciences and President, Sudanese Academy of Sciences

Charlotte Hebebrand, Former Director General, International Fertilizer Association (IFA), Paris and Chief Scientific Officer, Nutrien, Canada

Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of UN 2007-2015, Member of the UN Secretary- General’s High Level Advisory Board on Mediation

Alvin Hubscher, President and CEO, International Fertilizer Development Center, Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Sir Richard Timothy Hunt, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

Sarwat Hussain, former Head of Agriculture Communications, The World Bank

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation 2004- 2014

Mladen Ivanic, Member of the Presidency of the Bosnia and Herzegovina 2012-2017

Gjorge Ivanov, President of North Macedonia 2009-2019

Albert van Jaarsveld, Director General and CEO, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria

Elwyn Grainger Jones, Executive Director, CGIAR System Organization

Pramod K Joshi, President, Agricultural Economics Research Association, New Delhi

Ivo Josipovic, President of Croatia 2010-2015

Kundhavi Kadiresan, Former Assistant Director General, FAO, Bangkok

Mats Karlsson, former Vice President of the World Bank 1999-2011

Shigeo Katsu, President, Nazarbayev University and former Vice President of the World Bank

Jagdish C Katyal, Former Deputy Director General (Education), ICAR and former Vice Chancellor, Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar

Kerry Kennedy, President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

Abbas Keshavarz, Former Minister of Agriculture, Iran

Gurdev Khush, World Food Prize Laureate, Adjunct Professor, University of California, Davis

Ivo Komsic, Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina 1993-1996

Jadranka Kosor, Prime Minister of Croatia 2009-2011

Martin Kropff, Director General, International Wheat and Maize Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico and Professor and Emeritus Rector Magnificus, Wageningen University

Chandrika Kumaratunga, President of Sri Lanka 1994-2005

Jagdish Ladha, Adjunct Professor, University of California, Davis

Zlatko Lagumdzija, Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2001-2002, deputy Prime Minister 2012-2015

Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, Ohio State University

Ronald LaPorte, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh

Yuan T. Lee, 1986 Nobel Laureate (Chemistry), President Emeritus Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Uma Lele, International Policy Expert, President Elect, International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)

Yves Leterme, Prime Minister of Belgium 2008, 2009-2011

Justin Yifu Lin, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank 2008-2012

Tzipi Livni, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel 2006-2009, Minister of Justice 2013-2014

Budimir Loncar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of SFR Yugoslavia (1987-1991)

Adam Lorch, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Global Food and Resources, University of Adelaide, Australia

Petru Lucinschi, President of Moldova 1997-2001

Thomas Lumpkin, Director General Emeritus, CIMMYT, Mexico

Magdy Madkour, Former President of the Agricultural Research Centre, Founding Director, Agricultural Genetic Engineering Research Institute (AGERI), Cairo, Egypt

Mahadevappa, Director (Rural Development), JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Mysore; former Vice Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad and Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB)

Bhag Mal, Former South Asia Coordinator, Bioversity International and former, Director, ICAR-IGFRI, Jhansi, India

Shantanu Mathur, Lead Adviser, Global Engagement, IFAD, Rome

Charudatta Mayee, President, South Asia Biotechnology Centre and Indian Society for Cotton Improvement, Mumbai and former Chairman, ASRB, India

Peter Medgyessy, Prime Minister of Hungary 2002-2004

Rexhep Meidani, President of Albania 1997-2002, Member of the Academy of Sciences

Stjepan Mesic, President of Croatia 2000-2010

David Molden, Director General, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal

Amre Moussa, Secretary General Arab League 2001-2011, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt 1991-2001

Rovshan Muradov, Secretary General, NGIC

Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta 2013-2020

Trevor Nicholls, CEO, CABI, UK

Bujar Nishani, President of Albania 2012-2017

Alexander von der Osten, former Executive Secretary, CGIAR and Director General, ISNAR

Djoomart Otorbayev, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan 2014-2015

Roza Otunbayeva, President of Kyrgyzstan 2010-2011

Suresh Pal, Secretary, Agricultural Economics Research Association, India

Ana Palacio, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain 2002-2004

David Pan, Executive Dean, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University

George Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece 2009-2011

Rajendra S. Paroda, Former Director General, ICAR and Secretary, DARE, Govt. of India, New Delhi and Former, Chairman, GFAR, FAO, Rome

Michel Petit, Professor, CIHEAM-IAM Montpellier; former Director, Agriculture and Rural Development Department, World Bank

Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University and former Director General, IFPRI

Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria 2012-2017

Rudy Rabbinge, University Professor, Sustainable Development and Food Security, Wageningen University

Aliaa R Rafea, Professor of Anthropology, Women’s College, Ain Shams University

Jai C. Rana, Country Representative, India Office, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT and National Coordinator, UN Environment-GEF Project, New Delhi, India

Chandra Ranade, Agricultural Development Specialist, formerly with The World Bank

Praveen Rao, Vice Chancellor, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India

Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri

Daya Reddy, President, International Science Council, France

Martin Rees, Former President of Royal Society, Member, UK House of Lords

Timothy Reeves, Professor in Residence, Dookie College Campus, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia and former, Director General, CIMMYT, Mexico

Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director General, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT Headquarters, Rome

Sir Richard Roberts, 1993 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

Mary Robinson, Patron, International Science Council, France; President of Ireland (1990- 1997) and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR 1997-2002)

Petre Roman, Prime Minister of Romania 1989-1991, Speaker of Parliament 1996-2000

Mohammad H. Roozitalab, Former Chair, Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), 2002-2006

Jeffrey Sachs, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General for SDGs

Claudia Sadoff, Director General, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Sri Lanka

J.S. Sandhu, Vice Chancellor, SKN Agriculture University, Jaipur, India

Mohan Saxena, Executive Secretary, International Dryland Development Commission and former DDG, ICARDA, Syria

Kelemu Segenet, Director General and CEO, International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya

Ismail Serageldin, Co-Chair NGIC, Vice President of the World Bank 1992-2000, former Chairman, CGIAR

Shashi Sharma, Independent Consultant, Global Food Security, Biosecurity and Planetary Health, Perth, Australia

Tomio Shichiri, FAO Representative in India, New Delhi

Kadambot Siddique, Hackett Professor of Agriculture, Chair and Director, Institute of Agriculture, UN FAO Special Ambassador for the International Year of Pulses 2016, The University of Western Australia

Tony Simons, Executive Director, CIFOR-ICRAF, Director General, ICRAF and Honorary Professor of Tropical Forestry, University of Copenhagen

Brahma Singh, Founder Chairman, Prof. Brahma Singh Horticulture Foundation, New Delhi

R.B. Singh, Former Chancellor, Central Agricultural University and past President, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi, India

Jitendra Srivastava, Former Lead Agriculturist, Agriculture Global Practice, The World Bank and former Deputy Director General, ICARDA, Syria

Umesh Srivastava, Former Assistant Director General (Horticulture), ICAR and Global Forum for Farmers, India

Barbara Stinson, President, World Food Prize Foundation

Petar Stoyanov, President of Bulgaria 1997-2002

Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of Latvia 2014-2016

M.S. Swaminathan, World Food Prize Laureate, former Director General, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

Prabhakar Tamboli, Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Technology, University of Maryland

Eka Tkeshelashvili, Deputy Prime Minister of Georgia 2010-2012

Ann Tutwiler, Chair, Independent Steering Committee for the Water, Land and Ecosystems Research Program, CGIAR

Rishi Kumar Tyagi, Coordinator, Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources (APCoAB), Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), Thailand

Wendy J. Umberger, Executive Director, Centre for Global Food and Resources and Professor, Agricultural and Food Economics, The University of Adelaide, Australia

Marianna V Vardinoyannis, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO

Anupam Varma, Ex-ICAR National Professor, INSA Emeritus Scientist, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Surinder K Vasal, World Food Prize Laureate, 2000

Venkateshwarlu, Former Vice Chancellor, V.N. Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhani, Maharashtra and Director, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad, India

Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Co-Chair NGIC, President of Latvia 1999-2007

Sant S Virmani, Former Principal Scientist, IRRI, Philippines

Joachim Von Braun, Professor for Economic and Technological Change and Director, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University, President, Pontifical Academy of Sciences and former Director General, IFPRI

Filip Vujanovic, President of Montenegro 2003-2018

Youssef Wally, Former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Egypt

Carlos Westendorp, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain 199501996

Mellissa Wood, One CGIAR TAG2 (Research) Co-Convener

Marco Wopereis, Director General, World Vegetable Center, Taiwan

M.P. Yadav, Former Director & Vice Chancellor, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar and former VC, S.V. Patel University of Agriculture & Technology, Meerut, India

Yashar Yakish, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey 2002-2003

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2006

Kateryna Yushchenko, First Lady of Ukraine 2005-2010, President Ukraine3000 Foundation

Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine 2005-2010

Valdis Zatlers, President of Latvia 2007-2011