Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeli Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has been announced as the 2017 world food price laureate at a ceremony at the US department of agriculture.
Dr. Adesina will receive Shs.25.9 billion from the world food prize foundation for his leading role in expanding food production in Nigeria, introducing initiatives to increase the availability of credit for small holder farmers and galvanizing the political will to transform African Agriculture.
In a press release by AfDB Nairobi on Wednesday, the selection of Adesina as the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate reflects both his breakthrough achievements as Minister of Agriculture of Nigeria and his critical role in the development of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
Sonny Perdue, US secretary of Agriculture, commended Dr. Adesina for his tireless work in securing food for Africa and the world, adding that there were still huge challenges with the world population still growing and struggling to feed 9 billion people.
We commend him for his profound vision for enhancing nutrition, uplifting smallholder farmers, and inspiring the next generation of Africans as they confront the challenges of the 21st century, said Perdue.
As someone who grew out of scarceness, I know that poverty is not pretty, said Dr. Adesina, adding, My life mission is to lift up millions of people out of poverty, especially farmers in rural areas of Africa.
We must give hope and turn agriculture into a business all across Africa to create wealth for African economies. The World Food Prize gives me an even greater global platform to make that future happen much faster for Africa, he added.
Commenting on the accolade, African Development Bank’s Chief Regional Programme Officer for Eastern Africa, Dodji Lawson Zankli said the award will be an inspiration to many young Africans.
The World Food Prize is an international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.
The Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, the World Food Prize has honored 45 individuals who have made vital contributions throughout the world.
Source: Kenya News Agency