Francisco López Martín is a United Nations Civil servant and holds three master’s degree, one in Information Sciences, one in Law and the third one in Political Science. He is currently serving at the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), hosted at Climate, Biodiversity Land and Water Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
He has served in different positions in the International Treaty since 2007, including information and communication officer, meeting officer, programme and planning coordinator and Multilateral System officer. He has also been coordinating the planning of the Governing Body sessions (Rome, Tunis, Bali, Muscat and Kigali) and other inter-sessional meetings and the production of official documents. He is currently responsible for the operations of the Multilateral System and the Global Information System of the International Treaty.
He joined FAO in 2002, and he has worked as an information officer in the Knowledge Exchange and Communication Department and Right to Food Unit of the Economic and Social Development Department. He has occupied several positions in the Research and Extension Unit of FAO and coordinated numerous technology transfer projects in direct support of food security in Honduras, Costa Rica and Uganda, among other countries.
Before joining FAO, he worked for the Spanish News Agency EFE in Rome and Madrid as well as for COAG, a farmers’ organization of Spain. He has written several papers on food security, poverty alleviation and technology transfer for smallholders and more recently he has co-edited the publication “Plant Genetic Resources and Food Security: Stakeholder Perspectives on the International Treaty on PGRFA”.
Specialities: international law, food policy, plant genetic resources, policy analysis, journalism, public communication, genetic resources and report writing.