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Badi BESBES is a Senior Animal Production Officer, Head of the Animal Production and Genetics Branch of the FAO Animal Production and Health Division. He has more than 25 years of experience in the management of animal genetic resources, with a special focus on genetic improvement and animal identification and recording, on which he has published extensively. He holds a Master’s degree in Animal Science and a PhD in Animal Genetics. Before joining FAO in 2006, he worked 14 years in the poultry breeding industry (ISA, now Hendrix Group). He also has good experience in supporting inter-governmental policy processes, first with the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources, under the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, and now with the Committee on Agriculture’s Sub-Committee on Livestock, of which he is the Secretary. E-mail: Badi.Besbes@fao.org