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WFP welcomes New Boss to Ghana

Accra, August 1, GNA – The World Food
Programme (WFP), has welcomed its New Country Director and Representative, Ms
Rukia Yacoubas who assumed office in Accra on Tuesday.   

Ms Yacoub has a Masters Degree in Science in
Human Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has
worked as WFP Deputy Country Director in Yemen from 2014-2016, and in Egypt
from 2009-2014.

A statement issued in Accra by the WFP said
she brings to her post a wealth of experience in implementing, managing and
co-ordinating humanitarian and development programmes, both in least-developed
and lower-middle income countries, a statement issued by the WFP-Ghana said.

During a five-month period in Yemen, Ms
Yacoub, the statement said she  worked on
a large emergency operation which provided life-saving food assistance to more
than six million people.

“Ms Yacoub’s development work in Egypt, a
lower middle-income country, is particularly relevant to Ghana at this stage of
the country’s development.”    

As Country Director, she aims to focus on
developing WFP’s Enhanced Nutrition and Value Chains project (ENVAC),a
cutting-edge model programme that links nutrition, agriculture and
food-processing.

The ENVAC, which uses a market-based approach
to provide specialised nutritious foods to vulnerable women and children to
prevent stunting, would assist almost half a million people over five
years. 

Ms Yacoub who has also worked in Rwanda, South
Sudan, Italy and Switzerland, and  “wants
to expand WFP’s take-home ration programme which offers an incentive for
adolescent girls in food-insecure areas to complete junior high school”.  

The statement added that the Take-home rations
did not only help girls break out of the cycle of hunger and poverty and secure
a better future, but also help battle gender inequality. 

GNA

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