President Edgar Lungu meets AFDB President Dr Akinwumi Adesina in Lusaka
FILE: President Edgar Lungu meets AFDB President Dr Akinwumi Adesina in Lusaka

The African Development Bank (ADB) President Akinwumi Adesina will on Thursday receive a noble prize for peace, science and literature.

The World Food Prize Board announced President Adesina as the 2017 Laureate in June for this work in improving the availability of seed, fertilizer, and financing for African farmers as well as for laying a foundation for the youth in Africa to engage in agriculture as a profitable business.

This is according to a statement released by APO on behalf of Africa Development Bank.

And according to the statement, Mr. Adesina, as Agriculture and Rural Development Minister in Nigeria introduced the E-Wallet system which brought transparency to fertilizer distribution system which has previously by hampered by corruption for 40 years.

The statement indicates that the ADB president ‘s policies expanded Nigeria’s food production by 21 million metric tons and the country attracted US$ 5.6 billion in private-sector investment, earning him tremendous respect as the farmer’s Minister.

Further, under his leadership, the African Development Bank is accelerating agricultural development through its Feed Africa Strategy with planned investment of US$24 billion over the next ten years.

Also, the statement notes that the goals of the African Development Bank’s Feed Africa Strategy are to help eliminate extreme poverty in Africa by 2015, end hunger and malnutrition in Africa by 2015, make Africa a net food exporter and move the continent to the top of export- oriented global value chains where it has comparative advantage.

Meanwhile, over 1,200 people from more than 65 countries will address cutting-edge issues related to global food security and nutrition at the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium scheduled for October 18 to 20, 2017.

And AFDB President Adesina said in the statement as someone who grew out of poverty, his life mission is to lift up millions of people out of poverty especially farmers in rural areas.

The World Food Prize, founded by Nobel Laureate and Norman Borlaug is the foremost international honour recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Well done. These are people with quality. Do you think this is the type that’d buy you “wheel burrows”!

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  2. This isn’t the nobel prize. Ít’s called the World Food Prize awarded by the The World Food Prize Foundation. It has nothing to do with the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
    Lusaka Times quality of journalism is pathetic to say the least.

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  3. The headline is to fit the picture to give the impression that ECL is associating with pipo promoting peace and by that association ECL is a promotor of peace…LT u are so transparent

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  4. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”. Please stop confusing readers. Do not swear God’s name in vain.

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  5. THE PRIZE IS AWARDED TO HIS EXCELLENCY JOCOB ZUMA IT WAS BESTOWED ON HIM THROUGH A STATUE RECECTED IN IMO STATE NIGERIA NOT THIS KANGARRO CALLED ADESSINA

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