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China, Richard

Richard China joined Bioversity in March 2014, where he was responsible for expanding the role that Bioversity’s communications, partnerships and global initiatives play in enhancing the impact of the organization’s research.

His career started in 1977 with United Kingdom Overseas Development Administration as a Technical Cooperation Officer in the Solomon Islands and Liberia, where he worked until 1981.

From 1981 to 1991 he undertook short- and long-term assignments in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America designing and providing implementation support in organization and management of agricultural and rural development projects funded by International Financing Institutions (IFls), the private sector and UN.

In 1992 he joined the The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Investment Division and led agricultural investment preparation and review missions, mainly in Africa and Asia, for the World Bank and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In 2002 he took up the position of Chief of the Rehabilitation and Humanitarian policies in FAO Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division. In 2008 he was promoted to Director of FAO Policy Assistance and Programme Development Division. In 2012 he was appointed Director of FAO Liaison Office with the European Union and Belgium.

Richard has British/French nationality and speaks English, French and Italian, and understands Spanish and Portuguese.


Follow Richard China on Twitter: @RichardChina53


MSc, Agricultural Extension, University of Reading, UK

BSc, Agriculture, University College of Aberystwyth, UK

Media articles:
Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Sustainable Food Systems – We Need to Measure It
IISD, 2018

Publication highlight:

Creating a framework for agricultural investment, FAO Policy Note. 2012

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