Former Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina emerges 2017World Food Prize Laureate
Dr Akinwumi Adesina who is the present President of African Development (AfDB) and the former Minister of Agriculture under the Jonathan administration has been named the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate.
Adesina is set to become the 46th recipient and the sixth African to be so honoured with this prestigious award.
The award ceremony would take place October 19.
Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, the President, The World Food Prize, The Hall of Laureates, during the announcement of the new laureate 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”.
Over a 31-year existence, the award has become known as the “Nobel Prize’’ for Food and Agriculture.
The announcement was made at a ceremony held at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which had in attendance the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
Previous awardees which included the 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 were present at the announcement.
Others include officials of the World Food Programme, members of the Diplomatic Corps and other U.S. officials.
Since its founding in 1986, the Prize has honoured 45 individuals for their outstanding contributions to food security around the world.