The Ph. D. student of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management of the University of Debrecen (UD) was elected as a member of the scientific advisory board of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The focus of Ayaz Mukarram Shaikh’s research is the development of innovative, functional, and sustainable food products.
The Ph. D. student at the Doctoral School of Nutrition and Food Sciences was selected from 500 young researchers into the 16-person panel, which, commissioned by the World Food Forum (WFF), supports the work of the FAO between 2023 and 2025.
The membership is a recognition of my work and research and a huge responsibility. It is a unique opportunity for me to develop new scientific relationships, share my research results and further develop professionally. As a member of the board, my task is to use my ideas and visions related to sustainable food systems to help develop policies and strategies that affect the global food system. The mission of this team of young scientists is to create innovative solutions to the challenges affecting the world’s food supply and to draw the attention of policymakers, agricultural stakeholders, and the public to these issues.said Ayaz Mukarram Shaikh to hirek.unideb.hu.
Regarding his plans, the young researcher said he would like to be a member of the community of the University of Debrecen and the Faculty of Agriculture for many more years.
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.
It is an enormous achievement that our student can represent India and Hungary together at the FAO World Food Forum, where, among other things, he can help solve global and local problems related to food and agriculture. The success of Ayaz Mukarram Shaikh shows that we are on the right track and that we can provide our students with competitive knowledge and mentoring support at an international level.added Béla Kovács, supervisor of the young researcher, general deputy dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management of the University of Debrecen, and head of the Institute of Food Science.
The members of the scientific body were presented in a hybrid conference at the headquarters of the UN and the headquarters of the FAO in Italy.