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IITA Wins 2018 Africa Food Prize

September 12, 2018

The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has been awarded the Africa Food Prize for 2018 at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Kigali, Rwanda on September 7, 2018. IITA is the first institution to receive the distinguished award.

Chaired by H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, the independent Africa Food Prize Committee selected IITA for its deep commitment over many decades to producing a steady stream of innovations that have boosted the nutrition and incomes of millions of people across Africa. In recent years, IITA has also included a critical focus on connecting crop science to creating employment for Africa's youth, and ensuring African farmers can adapt to the stresses of climate change and the growing threat to an array of crop pests and plant diseases.

"IITA stood out to us for its steadfast and inspiring commitment to a research agenda that aligns with both our African traditions as well as the evolving needs of African farmers and consumers for the latest advances in food production," Obasanjo said. He also cited the powerful bonds with African farmers and African communities that IITA has helped forge over the years.

For more details, read the news release from the Africa Food Prize.