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World Food Prize: Adesina Commits $250,000 Award To African Youths In Agriculture | The Precision

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AFDB President, Akinwumi Adesina



Nigeria’s image received a boost on Thursday before the international
community as former Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina formally
received the 2017 World Food Prize (WFP) Laureate award in the U. S.

Adesina was confered with the laureate in Des Moines, U. S. during
which he committed the 250,000 dollars cash prize to set up a fund for
financing African youths in agriculture.
Adesina had been announced as winner of the global feat by the WFP
for his dogged determination and practical commitment to boosting
agriculture and food supply chain both as Minister of Agriculture and
President of AfDB.
Adesina, who is also the President of African Development Bank
(AfDB), commended his staff for the shared passion to feed Africa.
The former minister expressed gratitude to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo for nominating him as minister.
Adesina also thanked former President GoodLuck Jonathan for giving
him the opportunity of his life to serve his country, Nigeria, as a
minister.

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He 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.
“And so even though I don’t have the cash in my hand, I hereby commit
my 250,000 dollars as a cash prize for  the WFP award to set up a fund
fully dedicated to providing financing for the youth of Africa in
agriculture to feed Africa.
“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 that the laureate commitment and dedication in
agriculture had impacted on lives of many, not only in Africa but around
the world.
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