Coexistence Program Professor Leads Workshop for Commission

January 29, 2008

Theodore Johnson, an assistant professor of conflict and coexistence in the Coexistence Program, recently traveled to Rome to lead a negotiation and consensus-building workshop for the secretariat of the CODEX Alimentarius Commission. CODEX was created by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a United Nations agency, to develop food standards, programs, and practices to benefit both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where nations negotiate agreements and debate policy related to agriculture, forestry, fisheries practices, and nutrition.

"Establishing food standards within the international community requires the ability to listen to myriad concerns and understand various interests and come to decisions by consensus," says Johnson. "I'm glad to assist FAO in carrying out this important role of helping people across the world reach FAO's goal of achieving 'food security' for all."

In addition to his training work for FAO, Johnson is co-authoring a book for the organization on methods of negotiation and consensus building. Prior to joining the Slifka Program, Johnson worked for Mercy Corps as a consultant and trainer in numerous negotiation and dispute resolution programs in various conflict areas including South Africa, Cyprus, the Caucuses and the Middle East.