U.S Hails Adesina On World Food Prize Award

Mike Pence, United States Vice President, has hailed President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, for winning the 2017 World Food Prize (WFP) Laureate award.

Adesina was last week confered with the laureate in Des Moines, United States, during which he committed the 250,000 dollars cash prize to set up a fund for financing African youths in agriculture.


The World Food Prize is the food industry’s equivalence of a Nobel Prize.

Pence in a statement on Monday, described the former Nigerian Minister of Agriculture, as a man whose “devotion to the cause of fighting global hunger is admirable, and deeply needed.

“As our global food system is stretched, and the need to feed more people grows, agricultural transformation will require persistence from leaders like you in driving change and capitalising on public and private sector expertise,” Pence said.


​Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari in a video message congratulated Adesina.

“Certainly, this did not come to me and many Nigerians as a surprise, given your antecedents and contributions to the development of agriculture across the African continent.

“​We are very proud of you​,” Buhari said.

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