The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) new representative in Ghana, Yurdi Yasmi, has presented his credentials to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.
As the FAO Representative in Ghana, Mr Yasmi will lead the planning and implementation of FAO activities in support of Ghana’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly those related to sustainable agricultural development.
The appointment, which was made with the concurrence of the Government of the Republic of Ghana, is effective from 21 April 2023.
Mr Yasmi, who is currently serving as FAO Deputy Regional Representative for Africa, will perform his new function concurrently with his existing responsibilities.
Prior to joining FAO, Mr. Yasmi worked with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he served as the Regional Representative for Southeast Asia. While at IRRI, he was responsible for developing IRRI’s strategy for the region, supervising country offices, and overseeing portfolios in Southeast Asia.
Mr. Yasmi is a national of Indonesia and has led multi-million-dollar development projects in over twenty countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. He has worked extensively with governments, development partners, regional bodies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.
He is passionate about youth empowerment and has worked with youth in over thirty countries.