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Akinwumi Adesina wins ‘Nobel prize’ for food and agriculture

Akinwumi Adesina wins ‘Nobel prize’ for food and agriculture
June 27
06:46 2017
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Akinwumi Adesina, the president of African Development Bank (AfDB), has been named the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate.

NAN reports that Adesina, whose name was selected on Monday in Washington DC, becomes the 46th recipient and the sixth African to be so honoured.

The award ceremony would take place on October 19.

Announcing the new laureate, 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 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 by Quinn was made at a ceremony held at the US department of agriculture, which was attended by US secretary of agriculture Sonny Perdue.

Quinn said “These individuals have been at the fore-front of every major breakthrough in agriculture and food production in the last 30 years”.

He said that the laureates had led the “single greatest period of food production and hunger reduction in all human history”.

According to him, nominations for the prize were submitted by organisations and prestigious individuals.

He said that a selection committee, made of individuals from around the world, makes the final decision.

Also, Perdue, attesting to the good works of Adesina, said the new Food Prize Laureate could fit in as the US secretary of agriculture.

In attendance were some past awardees, Nigeria’s former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Nigeria’s acting ambassador to the US and chargé d‘affaires, Hakeem Balogun.

Others include officials of the World Food Programme, members of the diplomatic corps and other US officials.

Since its founding in 1986, the prize has honoured 45 individuals for their outstanding contributions to food security around the world.

Adesina was the Nigeria’s minister of agriculture under the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan.

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  1. Marshall Akinola
    Marshall Akinola June 27, 07:31

    Adesina’s nomination is a Worthy one. Good selection by the world body. This is to encourage hard work and commitment. Congrats my country man. Cheers, ETMarshall

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  2. Ade
    Ade June 27, 19:28

    First Class Product is always a First Class. Nigerians are not surprised this is coming our way through a worthy son of Africa. It is indeed a great honour to Nigeria and the entire continent of Africa. Adesina is truly a worthy chap. Congratulations, big brother.

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  3. Guneal
    Guneal June 27, 22:52

    Congratulations my number one mentor. Your e-wallet was a game-changer and killed the corruption rocking the agricultural sector at the time.

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  4. Miko
    Miko June 28, 10:13

    Great feat. But which Nobel prize is this? We have started…….

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