Diasporian News of Sunday, 23 March 2014
Ghana's Ambassador to Italy Evelyn Anita Stokes-Hayford has been elected President of the World Food Programme Executive Board for 2014. Ambassador Stokes-Hayford was elected as President of the World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Board for a one-year period.
Ghana’s Permanent Representative to the three United Nations Rome-based agencies was unanimously endorsed by fellow African-Ambassadors as the sole African candidate.
With her election, Ambassador Stokes-Hayford becomes the first Ghanaian to lead the WFP's Executive Board since its establishment in 1996.
She is also the first Ghanaian to hold a leadership position in the governing body of the WFP since its establishment.
The Executive Board is the main governing body of WFP with a mandate to oversee the body’s humanitarian and development food aid and assistance activities.
The WFP is a key partner of the Government of Ghana, working with various MDAs to implement development programmes focusing on education, nutrition and climate change mitigation and adaptation.