Paul Luu, the Soil’s Health and Food Security Defender
Sixty years old, Paul LUU is an agronomist specialist in tropical agronomy. He graduated from AgroParisTech, the Institute of Tropical Areas, and the University of Montpellier (Ph.D.) in France.
He began working for six years in the field in agronomic research projects (St. Lucia, Sri Lanka, and Tonga) before joining the International Relationship Department of the French Ministry of Agriculture.
Then, he was in charge for seven years of the relationships with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Bank, and the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR).
He also led bilateral relationships with Africa and the Mediterranean area and managed the French food aid (200,000 tonnes of grain per year).
Since 2002, he has contributed for nine years to developing agriculture in the French overseas departments and territories as Technical Advisor “Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry” and Director of ODEADOM.
In 2011, Paul LUU was appointed Director of Agropolis International (Montpellier) before joining the CGIAR in September 2013 as Liaison Officer with the French Authorities, and then Protocol Officer.
Since September 2016, Paul has been Executive Secretary of the “4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for food security and climate”, launched at COP 21 in Paris.