Student of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Debrecen, in the FAO board

A PhD student of the Faculty of Agriculture, Food Science and Environmental Management of the University of Debrecen was elected member of the scientific advisory board of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. The focus of Ayaz Mukarram Shaikh's research is the development of innovative, functional and sustainable food products.

The PhD student of the Faculty of Agriculture, Food Science and Environmental Management of the University of Debrecen and the Doctoral School of Nutrition and Food Science was chosen from among 500 young researchers in the 16-person panel, commissioned by the World Food Forum (WFF). The panel supports the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in the period 2023-2025.

- This membership represents recognition of my work and research, but is also a huge responsibility. It is a unique opportunity for me to build new academic relationships, share my research results and further my professional development. As a member of the board, my task is to use my ideas and insights related to sustainable food systems to help develop policies and strategies that affect the global food system. The mandate of this team of young scientists is to develop innovative solutions to the challenges affecting the world's food supply and alert political decision-makers, those interested in agriculture, and the public, to these issues, Ayaz Mukarram Shaikh told

The young researcher said about his future plans: he wishes be a member of the research community of the University of Debrecen and the Faculty of Agriculture for many more years to come.

Every two years, the scientific board prepares a report on policy issues related to the transformation of agri-food systems affecting young people. The group of young researchers, in cooperation with FAO's partners and scientific network, supports the more effective operation of the international organization with its proposals.  

- We consider it a great achievement that our student can represent both India and Hungary at the FAO World Food Forum, where, among other things, he can contribute to solving global and local problems related to food and agriculture. The success of Ayaz Mukarram Shaikh shows that we are on the right track, we can provide competitive knowledge and mentor support to our students at the international level, added Béla Kovács, the young researcher's supervisor, general deputy dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Food Science and Environmental Management, head of the Institute of Food Science.

The members of the scientific body were presented in the framework of a hybrid conference at the headquarters of the UN and the headquarters of FAO in Italy.

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