Akinwumi Adesina emerges 2017 World Food Prize Laureate

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Nigeria’s Akinwunmi Adesina

The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has been named the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate.

The Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports in New York that Adesina, whose name was selected on Monday at Washington, D.C, becomes the 46th recipient and the sixth African to be so honoured.

The award ceremony would take place October 19.

Adesina was the Nigeria Minister of Agriculture under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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…

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