Olivio Argenti (Italian, born 1955) holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of London (1981) and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Oxford (1982). He speaks fluent English, Spanish and French. He joined FAO as Marketing Economist in 1983 and worked in Ecuador and, since 1990, in the Marketing and Rural Finance Service, Agricultural Support Systems Division of FAO in Rome. He coordinated the project "Food Supply and Distribution to Francophone African Cities", acted as Co-Secretary of FAO's Interdepartmental Working Group "Food for the Cities" and was FAO Representative in Algeria. He currently coordinates FAO’s “Meeting urban food needs” project, whose activities are culminating into this conference.