Binay Ranjan Sen

Binay Ranjan Sen ( Bengali: বিনয় রঞ্জন সেন, Binay Ranjan Sen; * January 1, 1898 in Dibrugarh, Assam, † 12 June 1993 in Kolkata, West Bengal ) was an Indian diplomat. From 1956 to 1967 he was Director-General of FAO. Building on his experience as a government commissioner during the famine in Bengal 1942-1943 he sat much in mind to convert the FAO from a data -collecting Observatory to a decisive force against hunger in the world.

He studied at the Calcutta University and in Oxford. In Bengal, he began his career in the Civil Service of India. He soon realized the importance of hunger and malnutrition as the dominant themes in the modern world. In many functions, he devoted his work of famine relief and control.

As a member of the first Indian delegation to the United Nations in 1947, and as ambassador to the United States, Italy, Yugoslavia, Japan and Mexico, he always drew attention to the food situation in the world. On a variety of FAO projects Sen works with leaders before he was elected in 1956 to its Chief Executive Officer. 1960 Sen launched the " Freedom from Hunger " campaign, the 1963 World Food Congress in Washington, DC led one of the first and most important global conferences on the subject on which more than 100 countries sent representatives.


In 1970, he awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his contribution, the second highest medal of India.