FAO Deputy Director General
aniel Gustafson is the Deputy Director-General (Programmes) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Among other responsibilities, he oversees the work of the Organization to ensure that it contributes to its Members’ Sustainable Development Goals. A US citizen, he has worked for the past 40 years on agriculture and rural development issues and holds B.Sc and M.Sc degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. In April 2015, he was conferred a Ph.D. Honoris Causa by the Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) in India.
Mr Gustafson started his career in 1977 at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), based in Brazil, where he worked on a range of programmes supporting the country’s agricultural research and development programmes. He moved to the University of Maryland in 1988 as Programme Director, International Development Management Centre, where he was responsible for developing and implementing project activities related to institutional development and policy implementation in agriculture and natural resources.
He joined FAO in 1994, first working within the Ministry of Agriculture in Maputo, Mozambique, and subsequently as FAO Country Representative in Kenya, Somalia, India and Bhutan. In 2007, he was appointed Director of FAO’s Liaison Office for the US and Canada, based in Washington D.C., and then moved to FAO headquarters in 2012 as Director of FAO’s Office of Support to Decentralization, responsible for strengthening FAO’s country and regional offices and supporting the decentralization-related aspects of FAO’s transformative change. Prior to his current position, he was Deputy Director-General (Operations), overseeing the Organization’s decentralized offices and other operations-related departments and units.