Join Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as speaks with Ambassador Kip Tom of the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome as they talk about the impact of COVID-19’s on the global food supply. Their conversation will address importance of the health of Indiana agriculture and why it’s important on the global stage.
Beth Bechdol | Deputy Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Their goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. Beth Bechdol has been the Deputy Director General of FAO since March 2020. Prior to that, she led AgriNovus Indiana, the state’s agbioscience organization, since its inception in 2014. With her leadership, AgriNovus Indiana has made Indiana a nationally recognized leader in the development of new, innovative products and services. She is the former director of Agribusiness Strategies at Indianapolis-based law firm Ice Miller LLP and has been a high-profile leader in the state’s emerging agbioscience profile.
Kip Tom | Ambassador, U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome
Ambassador Tom is an agribusiness leader who transformed a seventh-generation farm into one of the largest commodity businesses in the Midwestern United States, while launching international operations and deploying new technologies. Ambassador Tom grew up on his family’s farm in the community that his ancestors homesteaded in 1837. His business has grown to over 25,000 acres with locations in the U.S. and in Argentina. He has also served as a member of the board of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and is involved in several philanthropic organizations focusing on food security and development issues domestically and globally.
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