The first Global Coordinator of the Food Security Cluster, Graham Farmer, retired on 31 March. The global Food Security Cluster thanks Graham for his time here -- he has been a key force in making the Cluster operational, leaving a strong legacy -- and wishes him all the best for his future.
At the same time, we would like to introduce Cyril Ferrand, the new Global Coordinator, who will start in his new position on 1 April 2014. Welcome aboard!
Cyril is a French citizen who has been working for the Emergency and Rehabilitation Division of FAO since 1999. He has covered major humanitarian crisis, including Kosovo, Afghanistan, Southern Sudan, Somalia and the occupied Palestinian territory.
Cyril's humanitarian career started in 1994 in France in support of economic and humanitarian refugees and continued overseas in 1996 when he joined Action Contre la Faim (ACF) as a food security expert until 1999, covering Burundi, Russian Federation – North Caucasus and Cambodia.
Cyril holds an University degree in Natural Sciences and advanced University degrees in Agronomy, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), a part of the University of London.