Patrick CARON was born in 1962 and is a veterinarian, doctor, and holds a certification to direct geographical research. He is a specialist in livestock raising systems and territorial dynamics, and has worked on analyzing the role of the territory in rural transformations, with a focus on Brazil, Southern Africa and the Middle East. He has been at CIRAD since 1988 and was Deputy General Director for Research and Strategy from 2010 to 2016, Director of the Environments and Societies Department from 2007 to 2010, and Scientific Director of the Territories, Environment and Actors Department from 2001 to 2004. He is a member of a number of national and international scientific and institutional bodies, for example, he chairs the AgroParisTech Scientific Committee and is a member of the National Council for Development and International Solidarity (CNDSI). He has managed the organization of a number of international conferences, such as the World Scientific Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (Montpellier, France, March 2015). In November 2015, he was appointed President of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE: http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-hlpe/en/) of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS). He is the author of some 200 publications in international journals, books or conference proceedings.