AfDB’s President Adesina wins world food laureate over food quality improvement

Nobel Prize for agriculture will be awarded to him next week for his work in improving the availability of seed, fertilizer and financing for African farmers.

AfDB’s President Adesina wins world food laureate over food quality improvement

Nobel Prize for agriculture will be awarded to him next week for his work in improving the availability of seed, fertilizer and financing for African farmers.

11 October 2017 Wednesday 13:55
AfDB’s President Adesina wins world food laureate over food quality improvement

By Azania Post Reporter

PRESIDENT of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Akinwumi Adesina has been named as the winner of this year World Food Prize for his work in improving agriculture sector in the continent.

The Nobel Prize for agriculture will be awarded to him next week 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.

According to organizers Norman Borlang, the Prize is presented each October on or around UN World Food Day (October 16) in a ceremony in the Iowa State capital of Des Moines.

The World Food Prize has become a week-long set of events drawing over 1,200 participants from more than 65 countries to address issues related to global food security and nutrition

Under President Adesina’s leadership, the AfDB is accelerating agricultural development through its feed Africa strategy with planned investment of US $24 billion over the next 10 years. The prize also recognizes Adesina’s work over the past two decades with the Rockefeller Foundation, at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture of Agriculture and rural development

A number of young African agricultural entrepreneurs, or ‘Agripreneurs’, supported under the Empowering Novel Agri-Business-Led Employment (ENABLE) Youth program of the AfDB, will join a discussion on expanding economic opportunities for Africa’s youth through agriculture.

Known as the ‘Nobel Prize for Agriculture’, the World Food Prize was founded by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Norman Borlaug and is considered the foremost international honour recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

In addition to the Laureate award ceremony, the World Food Prize series of events include the Borlaug dialogue international symposium; Iowa hunger summit; Laureate lecture series; and presentation of the Dr. Norman Borlaug award for field research and application, endowed by the Rockefeller foundation.

The President will address a session on the Transformation of the African Savanah Initiative (TASI), an AfDB programme to bring additional 1.6 million hectares of land under cultivation to double maize, soyabean and livestock production in eight African countries – Ghana, Guinea, Uganda, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Mozambique and Zambia.

A number of young African agricultural entrepreneurs, or ‘Agripreneurs’, supported under the Empowering Novel Agri-Business-Led Employment (ENABLE) Youth program of the AfDB, will join a discussion on expanding economic opportunities for Africa’s youth through agriculture.

Azania Post

Updated: 12.10.2017 10:09
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