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United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture

Ambassador of the United States to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture
Seal of the United States Department of State
David J. Lane

since July 19, 2012
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Millicent Fenwick
as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Formation June 13, 1983
Website United States Mission - UN Agencies in Rome

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture is the head of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the World Food Programme. One formal title of this position is United States Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture with the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service.[1]


Originally, there had been a U.S. permanent representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization. However, this position had not held ambassador rank, but instead had been part of the [3]) As with regular ambassadorial posts, nominations are made by the President of the United States and confirmation by the United States Senate is required.[1][4] As head of the mission, the ambassador sees over staff from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Agency for International Development.[5]

The U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome is a part of the "Tri-Mission Community" in Rome,[6][7] along with the Embassy of the United States of America to the Italian Republic (headed by the United States Ambassador to Italy) and the Embassy of the United States to the Holy See (the United States Ambassador to the Holy See position was also split out and elevated to ambassador rank at the same time as the UN Agencies one was).[2] The three ambassadors sometimes engage in joint activities.[6]

As of 2012, there have been ten Ambassadors to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture,[8] who are typically appointed for three-year terms.[9] The position has attracted some well-known Americans: 1972 Democratic Party presidential nominee;[9] and Tony P. Hall was a long-time sitting member of the House who resigned his seat in order to take on the role.[10] Several of the nominees, especially including McGovern and Hall, had long prior involvements with food, agriculture, and hunger issues.[9][10] The current holder of the position is David J. Lane, as of July 19, 2012.


The following is a chronological list of those who have held the position since its elevation in rank:

  1. Millicent Fenwick (June 13, 1983 – March 1987)[11]
  2. Fred J. Eckert (1987 – 1988)[12]
  6. [9][10]
  7. Tony P. Hall (September 2002 – April 2006)
  8. Gaddi Vasquez (September 7, 2006 – January 2009)[8]
  9. Ertharin Cousin (August 17, 2009 – April 5, 2012)[13]
  10. David J. Lane (July 19, 2012 – )[14]


  1. ^ a b "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts" (Press release).  
  2. ^ a b c d Schapiro, Amy (2003). Millicent Fenwick: Her Way. Piscataway, New Jersey:  
  3. ^ "Remarks by Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman on Henry A. Wallace Lecture and Dedication of the Wallace Room" (Press release).  
  4. ^ "Congressional Record Daily Digest". Washington, D.C.:  
  5. ^ "About the Mission: What We Do".  
  6. ^ a b "U.S. Tri-Mission Ambassadors participate in the 'Speak Up and Clean Up' initiative in Rome".  
  7. ^ "Student Internships to the Tri-Mission Rome".  
  8. ^ a b "Biography: Gaddi H. Vasquez".  
  9. ^ a b c d "McGovern begins U.N. job".  
  10. ^ a b c "U.N. food agency job is offered to Ohioan".  
  11. ^  
  12. ^ "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress". Washington, D.C.:  
  13. ^ "Ambassador Ertharin Cousin".  
  14. ^ "Arrival of Ambassador David J. Lane" (Press release).  

External links

  • United States Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome
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