Monday's announcement by the president of the World Food Prize, Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, was made at a ceremony held at the U.S. Department of Agriculture attended by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Since its founding in 1986, the Prize has honoured 45 individual for their outstanding contributions to food security around the world.
The AfDB president came from a family of farmers. With some education, however, his dad got a job as a civil servant which provided the means to send his four sons to school. Adesina, the second, experienced the poverty of smallholder farmers and their families during his years of schooling in the village.
Adesina told AllAfrica that he was thrilled when he first learned that he had been selected as this year's winner for the work he's done over the years. "But for me it's not about the past as much as even the future; I feel greatly inspired and motivated to do even more until we free Africa and the world of hunger".