Fellowship awarded to Dr Clive James

15 July 2011

Dr Clive James
Dr Clive James

Dr Clive James, an agricultural scientist and founder of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), was presented as a Fellow of Aberystwyth University this afternoon, Friday 15 July.

Dr James was born in Llansaint near Kidwelly and graduated from Aberystwyth University in 1961 with a first degree in Agricultural Botany, followed by a PhD from Cambridge University.

He founded the ISAAA in 1990 in order to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and the acquisition and transfer of crop biotechnology applications from the industrial countries, for the benefit of resource-poor farmers in the developing world. The ISAAA is a not-for-profit charitable organisation and its mission is to alleviate hunger and poverty in the developing countries.

He emigrated to Canada in 1968, where he worked for Federal Departments of Canada Agriculture and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Prior to his association with ISAAA he was Deputy Director General at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico, where he worked with the late Dr Norman Borlaug, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who was the founding patron of ISAAA.

The last 25 years have been spent living and/or working in developing countries and he has served, as Senior Agricultural Adviser to the Canadian Bilateral Aid Agency, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.

Dr James was presented by Professor Wayne Powell, Director of the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.

He is one of seven Fellows to be honoured by Aberystwyth University during the 2011 Graduation Ceremonies which take place on 12, 13, 14 and 15 July.


Professor Powell's address.


Barchus Llywydd :  braint a phleser o’r mwyaf yw cyflwyno Clive James yn gymrawd o Brifysgol Aberystwyth.

In 1990, Dr James founded ISAAA - International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, a not-for-profit charitable organization, established to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and the acquisition and transfer of crop biotechnology applications from the industrial countries, for the benefit of resource-poor farmers in the developing world. The mission of ISAAA is to alleviate hunger and poverty in the developing countries.

Ganwyd Clive James yn Llansaint ger Cydweli – yr un pentref â’r seren rygbi Gerald Davies. Enillodd radd gyntaf mewn Botaneg Amaethyddol o Brifysgol Aberystwyth yn 1961 cyn mynd i Gaergrawnt yn 1964. Allfudodd i Ganada ym 1968 ac mae bellach yn byw ymhell o’i wreiddiau yn  Sir Gaerfyrddin.... ar Ynysoedd  Cayman!

An agricultural scientist, Clive James was born in Llansaint near Kidwelly – the same village as Gerald Davies the rugby star, and graduated from Aberystwyth University in 1961 with a first degree in Agricultural Botany, followed by a PhD from Cambridge University.

Mae ei yrfa ddisglair yn cynnwys cydweithio yn Mecsico â Norman Ernest Borlaug - agronomegydd Americanaidd, dyngarol, ac enillydd gwobr Nobel; noddwr sefydlol yr ISAAA ac un sydd yn cael ei gydnabod fel ‘tad y Chwyldro Glas".

Mae Clive wedi gweithio i’r FAO – Sefydliad Bwyd ac Amaeth y Cenhedloedd Unedig ac wedi ymgynghori ar gyfer asiantaethau datblygu rhyngwladol gan gynnwys Rhaglen Datblygu y Cenhedloedd Unedig  (UNDP), Banc y Byd, a llawer o sefydliadau dyngarol rhyngwladol, gan gynnwys Sefydliadau Rockefeller a Hitachi.

He emigrated to Canada in 1968, where he worked for Federal Departments of Canada Agriculture and the Canadian International Development Agency CIDA.  Prior to his association with ISAAA he was Deputy Director General at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico, where he worked with the late Dr Norman Borlaug, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who was the founding patron of ISAAA. The last twenty-five years have been spent living and/or working in the developing countries of Asia, Latin America, and Africa and devoted to agricultural research & development issues, and crop biotechnology. He has served, as Senior Agricultural Adviser to the Canadian Bilateral Aid Agency (CIDA), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and has consulted for many international development agencies including United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and many international philanthropic foundations, including the Rockefeller and Hitachi Foundations.

He has published internationally-recognized Annual Reviews on the Global Status of GM crops, and their contribution to global food, feed, fibre, and fuel security, since 1996 when GM crops were first commercialised.

Barchus Lywydd :  mae’n fraint ac anrhydedd gen i gyflwyno Dr.Clive James yn gymrawd o Brifysgol Aberystwyth.

Mr President, it is an honour and a privilege to present Dr. Clive James to be ordained as an Honorary Fellow of Aberystwyth University.



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