FAO Regional Office for Africa

Yurdi Yasmi is the Deputy Regional Representative for Africa. A national of Indonesia, Mr Yasmi joins FAO from 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 new strategy for the region, supervising country offices and overseeing the portfolios in Southeast Asia.

Deputy Regional Representative: Yurdi Yasmi

Yurdi Yasmi is the Deputy Regional Representative for Africa. A national of Indonesia, Mr Yasmi joins FAO from 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 new strategy for the region, supervising country offices and overseeing the portfolios in Southeast Asia. 

He started his career in 1998 as Research Coordinator at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, Indonesia. He coordinated CIFOR’s global research program on sustainable forest management in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In 2003, he joined the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands as a Researcher where he conducted global analysis on forest and nature conflict. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Senior Program Officer, Policy and Governance, at the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) in Bangkok, Thailand, and, in 2010, became the Head and Manager, Capacity Building and Research in the same institution. During his time at RECOFTC he led the development of various regional initiatives with ASEAN, Mekong countries and inter-regional knowledge exchange on forest governance.

In 2013, he took the position of the Coordinator of Humidtropics Programme in the Mekong region at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Hanoi, Vietnam, and, later that year, he joined FAO as Forestry Officer, Asia and the Pacific/Focal Point for Sustainable Agriculture, at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Mr Yasmi has led multi-million dollar development projects in over twenty countries including in complex political settings e.g. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, South Pacific, etc. He works 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.   

Mr Yasmi holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Forest and Nature Conservation Policy, and a Master of Science in Tropical Forestry from Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from Bogor Agricultural University (Institute Pertanian Bogor) in Indonesia. He has published over seventy research articles, books and book chapters, see here