All is now set for the presentation of the first-ever Africa Food Prize to the President of Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), at a ceremony to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, reports NaijaAgroNet.
The former President of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ), NaijaAgroNet gathered would lead dignitaries Wednesday evening, September 7, 2016 to perform this honour as the chairman of the Africa Food Prize by presenting the award to fellow Nigerian, Dr. Nwanze.
The Africa Food Prize, NaijaAgroNet gathered has a US $100,000 award which celebrates individuals as well as institutions that are changing the reality of farming in Africa from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives.
As farmers in eastern and southern Africa wrestle with severe drought, the Africa Food Prize arrives as a clarion call for the bold thinking and technical innovation required to overcome this and an array of other challenges.
NaijaAgroNet reports that the Africa Food Prize Committee selected Dr. Nwanze for his outstanding leadership and passionate advocacy in putting Africa’s smallholder farmers at the center of the global agricultural agenda.
Earlier in the day, media are invited to attend a short briefing in the UN Press Centre. H.E. Obasanjo and other prize committee members will speak to the winner’s achievements, who will also make an address to the media and be available to answer questions.
Others on the panel include Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin, Chief executive officer, eleni LLC, Dr. Joachim von Braun, Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University, and Professor for economic and technological change; and Ms. Sheila Sisulu, Special Envoy for Food and Nutrition Security of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Republic of South Africa.
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