Crop Biotech Update

Kanayo Nwanze Receives Inaugural Africa Food Prize

September 14, 2016

Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has been awarded the inaugural Africa Food Prize during the African Green Revolution Forum in Nairobi, Kenya on September 7, 2016.

Dr. Nwanze was recognized for his visionary leadership and passionate advocacy to place African smallholder farmers at the center of the global agricultural agenda, and for his demonstrated success in advancing policies, programs, and resources that have improved the lives of millions across the continent.

At a press conference in Nairobi on September 7, H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria and Chair of Africa Food Prize said, "Dr. Nwanze is a model for how a great leader can make a difference in the lives of people on the ground. Whether that leader is the head of a global institution, a head of state or a head of small organization, Dr. Nwanze's accomplishments on behalf of African farmers are a reminder of what's possible when you combine passion, good ideas, commitment, focus, hard work and dedication".

The Africa Food Prize is the preeminent award recognizing an outstanding individual or institution that is leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa — from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives.

For more details, visit the Africa Food Prize website.