Grow Green
Farming for a Plant-Strong Future

11th April 2019, The British Library, London

Dr Marcela Villarreal, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

Dr Marcela Villarreal is responsible for the implementation of FAO’s innovative strategies on partnerships with the private sector, civil society, academia and research institutions. She co-ordinated the implementation of the International Year of Pulses, a United Nations initiative to underscore the benefits of pulses for the environment, health, access to food, and food security. She coordinates the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT), the initiative on the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture (CFS-RAI), FAO’s policy on Indigenous Peoples, the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, the Parliamentarian Fronts against Hunger initiative and the Decade of Family Farming, among others. She has a PhD in Rural Sociology from Cornell University and a BA/MA in Systems and Computing Engineering from the University of Los Andes in Bogotá.