U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appoints prof Gebisa Ejeta to scientific panel
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A World Food Prize laureate at Purdue University has been appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to his newly created Scientific Advisory Board.
Distinguished professor of agronomy Gebisa Ejeta is the only agricultural scientist on the 26-member board. It’s composed of internationally renowned scientists representing various fields of natural, social and human sciences.
The board will provide advice on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development to Ban and the executive heads of U.N. organizations.
Ejeta received the 2009 World Food Prize for developing a drought- and disease-resistant sorghum.