Andrea Porro steps in as the Secretary General of the World Farmers’ Organisation, ready to advance its mission upon the strong legacy left by Arianna Giuliodori.
Rome, Italy, January 2, 2024 – The World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) announces a leadership change as Andrea Porro has taken over the role of Secretary General from January 1, 2024. This marks the beginning of a new phase for the WFO Secretariat as the Organisation continues to pursue its vital mission, building on the strong legacy left by Arianna Giuliodori.
“As President of the World Farmers’ Organisation, and on behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Arianna for her invaluable contribution to our Organisation over the past six years. Her steadfast leadership has been crucial to strengthening our foundation and positioning the Organisation for our next growth phase,” said Arnold Puech d’Alissac. “Looking ahead, we are confident that Andrea’s robust professional background, his unwavering passion and dedication to farmers worldwide, supported by the outstanding team at the Secretariat, will usher in new opportunities for WFO. This will further strengthen our standing as the biggest independent global voice for farmers.”
Reflecting on her tenure, Ms Giuliodori shared, “Leading the WFO Secretariat has been a true honour. I am confident that under Andrea’s leadership, the Organisation will continue to make significant strides in representing the global farming community.”
“I am dedicated to building upon this solid foundation and driving our Organisation towards new heights,” stated Dr Porro determined to further the progress made during Arianna Giuliodori’s six-year tenure.
With over 18 years of professional experience across 15 countries, Dr. Porro brings a diverse and rich background to the role. Starting his career in agricultural extension services, he has served in various capacities for national and international organisations in technical, research and managerial roles in emergency and development contexts. Holding a Master’s Degree in Crop Production and Protection and a Doctorate in Plant Biology and Production, Dr. Porro has been involved in significant projects in agriculture, food security, disaster risk reduction, and natural resource management. Before joining WFO, he was the Head of the Risk Analysis, Agriculture and Food Security Unit in Afghanistan for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).