William D. Dar

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William D. Dar (born April 10, 1953) is a Filipino horticulturist and government official. He is the current secretary of the Department of Agriculture, sworn in by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 5, 2019 to replace Emmanuel Piñol. Dar held the same position from 1998 to 1999, during the term of President Joseph Estrada.

Dar is the first Filipino and first Asian director-general of the India-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).[1] He held the position from 2000 to 2014. He is also the first alumnus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) to become secretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Early life and education

William Dar was born on April 10, 1953 in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur. He received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and master’s degree in agronomy from Mountain State Agricultural College, now called Benguet State University. He earned his doctorate in horticulture from the University of the Philippines Los Baños.

Career

Dar taught at the Benguet State University before becoming the first director of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) in 1988. Among other roles he took on were as executive director of Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) and as a board member of international research bodies such as the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). He was the director-general of ICRISAT from 2000 to 2014.

Before joining the ICRISAT, he was the presidential adviser for rural development and the acting secretary of agriculture during Joseph Estrada’s presidency.

Reference

  1. https://www.icrisat.org/honoring-dr-william-d-dar/ ICRISAT Newsletter. Retrieved July 22, 2021