Former NFU president takes up World Farmers leadership
Published:  02 April, 2014

Peter Kendall, who was president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) for eight years, will replace American Robert Calson as president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO).

His appointment came at the end of the five-day WFO general assembly in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that brought together 100 confederations from 80 different countries. The WFO is made up of more than 50 national farmers’ organisations and agricultural co-operatives. Their mandate is to improve the livelihoods of farmers and the viability of rural communities, as well as ensure coherence with other agriculture-related activities, such as forestry, aquaculture, the environment, trade, research and education.

Kendall led the NFU through key industry events, such as the 2007 foot-and-mouth and bluetongue outbreaks and the recent badger cull. He will head up the WFO as it focuses on addressing issues such as climate change and extreme weather events affecting the industry, Kendall said: “My priority will be to continue to raise the profile of the WFO so it is seen as the lead and most respected organisation for global agriculture. To be elected at this critical time is both a great honour and responsibility.”

NFU president Meurig Raymond, who was also in attendance, said: “I would like to congratulate Peter on his election as president of the WFO. Over the past eight years he did an outstanding job for the NFU in promoting British agriculture, not just at home, but to a worldwide audience. I know that, in this role, he will show the same effort and enthusiasm to help develop key agricultural policies, including food security, climate change and trade.”