The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has promised to commit his $250,000 cash prize for the 2017 World Food Prize (WFP) Laureate award to set up a fund fully dedicated to provide funds for African youth in agriculture to feed the continent.
Adesina, Nigeria’s former Agriculture Minister, stated this when he was conferred with the laureate in Des Moines, U. S. on Thursday. Adesina was announced as winner of the global award by the WFP for his dogged determination and practical commitment to boosting agriculture and the food supply chain both as Minister of Agriculture and President of AfDB.
Adesina commended his staff for the shared passion to feed Africa and expressed gratitude to former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for nominating him as minister.
He also thanked former President GoodLuck Jonathan for giving him the opportunity serve Nigeria as a minister and also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his strong support to achieve the feat.
“There wouldn’t be any rest for me until Africa feeds itself and for that we need the youth. A day is coming very soon when the barns of Africa will be filled and all her children will be well fed, when millions of farmers will be able to send their kids to school.
“Then you will hear a new song across Africa, thank God our lives are better for us,’’ Adesina said.
The Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds, who officially declared Adesina as the 2017 laureate winner of the WFP, said he was a man who grew out of poverty to create wealth.
Reynolds said the laureate commitment and dedication in agriculture had impacted on lives of many, not only in Africa but around the world.
The former President of Ghana, John Mahama, and other dignitaries from Nigeria and African countries attended the ceremony. (NAN)