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President of African Development Bank Wins 2017 World Food Prize

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, was announced as the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Agriculture on 26 June 2017. Awarded by the World Food Prize Foundation, the $250,000 prize honors Nigerian Dr. Adesina for his leading role over the past two decades in significantly expanding food production in Nigeria, introducing initiatives to exponentially increase the availability of credit for smallholder farmers across the African continent, and galvanizing the political will to transform African agriculture. The African Development Bank is financing the TAAT (Technology for African Agricultural Transformation) initiative, in which WorldVeg is a participating institution.

Marco Wopereis, World Vegetable Center Director General, and Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group. The two met earlier in 2017 to discuss activities for the TAAT (Technology for African Agricultural Transformation) initiative.