African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina has won the prestigious World Food Prize for his work to boost yields and farm incomes. Dr Adesina said providing millions of farmers with seeds and fertilisers was vital to boost development. He added that 98% of the world’s 800 million undernourished people live in Africa.
Since 1986, the World Food Prize aims to recognise efforts to increase the quality and quantity of available food. Dr Adesina told BBC News that he was “very humbled” to win the award.
“For me, the award is not just about recognition for me, it is also about putting the wind behind the sails of what still needs to be done in African agriculture,” he said.
He added that the critical issue that needed to be addressed was that the level of productivity of the African agricultural sector was “so, so low”.