The President of African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, and former Minister of Agriculture was honoured was honoured with the World Food Prize (the Nobel Prize for Agriculture).

He is the 46th recipient and the sixth African to be awarded the prize for his work in improving the availability of seed, fertilizer and financing for African farmers, and for laying the foundation for the youth in Africa to engage in agriculture as a profitable business. Also for his work over the past two decades with the Rockefeller Foundation, at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and as Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for Nigeria.

While announcing the new Laureate, Amb. Kenneth Quinn, the President, The World Food Prize, The Hall of Laureates, described Adesina as “someone who grew out of poverty, but whose life mission is to lift up millions of people out of poverty’’.

The prestigious 250,000 dollars prize is given annually to a person who has worked to advance human development by “improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world”.

Addressing a press conference ahead of the World Food Prize ceremony, Akinwumi Adesina, said:

“For me, the World Food Prize is a great honour and recognition for all of the work that I have done for decades of my life. But it also puts wind behind our sail as we now take off to feed Africa, because it is a job that has to be complete.

Not only must Africa feed itself, it must feed itself with pride. Africa must also unlock the potentials of agriculture, turning agriculture from something that you use for managing poverty, to something that you use for creating wealth.

With it, they will find out information about the market, about weather, and about to access finance.

They will be able to get information about nutrition for mothers, for instance. That is very important.

That was why when I was Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria, we launched this electronic wallet system that allows farmers to access fertilizers, and we reached well over 15 million farmers.”

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October 20th, 2017

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