Ann Tutwiler, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s coordinator for the Global Food Security Initiative, will become the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)'s new deputy director general for knowledge in early 2011.

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She will be the first woman to hold a deputy director general position in the FAO's history. “[Tutwiler] has been a leader in global food security efforts at the USDA and her considerable talents will make her an excellent addition to the FAO as it continues to pursue its global food security mandate," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "I applaud the FAO for recognizing [Tutwiler's] strong qualifications and am very pleased that she will be providing key leadership to this important international agricultural organization."