Stephen Rudgard is the Chief of Knowledge and Capacity for Development at FAO in Rome. He heads a global team which develops global standards for agricultural information management, he manages programmes aimed at strengthening capacities of institutions and individuals to manage and share information and knowledge, including coordinating the e-Agriculture community, and he facilitates several global partnerships that provide access to agricultural information. He also manages a team that coordinates FAO’s work to enhance its impact on all aspects of capacity development in agriculture. He joined FAO in 2000 after ten years at CAB International (CABI) as a Director in its Information for Development Programme. He has a PhD in Plant Pathology and worked for 10 years on cocoa disease management in Brazil and other countries in the Americas, before moving into agricultural information.