HarvestPlus Gets New CEO
Harvestplus has appointed Beverley Postma as its new Chief Executive Officer.
She succeeds Dr. Howarth Bouis, the founder of the organisation and a 2016 World Food Prize laureate, and would lead Harvestplus’ strategy development and implementation, partner outreach and engagement, resource mobilization, and thought leadership.
HarvestPlus is a joint venture created by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in 2003. The organization improves nutrition and public health by developing and promoting biofortified food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals, and provides global leadership on biofortification evidence and technology.
In Nigeria, the organisation works with the Federal Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Health, as well as, other partners to deliver and disseminate nutrient-rich crops to over 1 million households. The efforts are geared to tackle the scourge of malnutrition, which, according to the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), claims the lives of 2300 children and 145 pregnant women in the country every day.
Reacting to the appointment, the Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute, Dr. Shenggen Fan, said, “We are extremely fortunate to have recruited Beverley Postma as the new CEO of HarvestPlus. She is a highly qualified candidate with a strong and varied background and a passion for uniting nutrition and agriculture to benefit millions of vulnerable people around the world. We are excited to have her leadership as HarvestPlus progresses to its next phase.”
Dr. Ruben Echeverría, Director General of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, said “Beverley’s international experience and her familiarity with
food issues, innovation and multi-stakeholder partnerships are important assets for HarvestPlus and the global biofortification movement.”
Postma has 25 years of experience as a policy expert in International food systems, nutrition and food security. She comes to HarvestPlus after six years as founder and Executive Director of Singapore-based Food Industry Asia (FIA), a successful non-profit regional platform tackling food security, nutrition and regulatory harmonization.