Nigeria’s Akinwumi Adesina Emerges World Food Prize Laureate

Akinwumi Adesina

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the President of African Development Bank (AFDB) has been revealed as the World Food Prize Laureate of 2017. Adesina, whose name was selected on Monday in Washington, D.C, becomes the 46th recipient and the sixth African to be honoured.The award ceremony is set to take place later this year. Adesina was the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The prestigious $250,000 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”.Over a 31-year existence, the award has become known as the “Nobel Prize’’ for Food and Agriculture. In attendance were some past awardees, Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Nigeria’s Acting Ambassador to the U.S. and Chargé d ‘ Affaires, Ambassador Hakeem Balogun.Since its founding in 1986, the Prize has honoured 45 individuals for their outstanding contributions to food security around the world.Photo Credit: Getty

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