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Dr. William D. Dar

President, InangLupa Movement
Former Executive Director, ICRISAT
Philippines

Dr. William D. Dar is a champion of the poor especially the small farmers and fisher folks. He is the President of the InangLupa Movement and in his 15 years of outstanding achievements as Director General of ICRISAT, he championed and institutionalized an overarching strategy called Inclusive Market-Oriented Development (IMOD), in which the farmers become active participants for their own welfare.

While at ICRISAT, he was elected Chair of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in 2007- 2009 with sterling performance, and was an active member of the UN Millennium Task Force on Hunger in 2004-2006. He champions agripreneurship and encourages the youth to become farmer entrepreneurs.

Dr. Dar obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education form the Mountain State Agricultural College (MSAC), now BSU, in 1973; Master of Science in Agronomy from MSAC in 1976, and Doctor of Philosophy in Horticulture from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos in 1980. Cognizant of his leadership and laurels, he was awarded eight doctorate honoris causa by various higher educational institutions in the country.

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