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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Obasanjo, Masiyiwa to herald Africa Food Prize 2016

Former Nigerian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo may be heralding the newly-created Africa Food Prize as the chairman of the board by announcing the inaugural winners, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Chief Obasanjo who has history in agriculture both in his days as military head of state in Nigeria and later democratically elected president and fondly called OBJ by admirers is the pioneer chairman of the Africa Food Prize, which is another novel from AGRA secretariat in marking the 10th year of its foundation.

NaijaAgroNet also gathered that Obasanjo will be leading other high-dignitaries to the award at the on-going African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), just as the accolades tend to focus attention on individuals and institutions that are inspiring and driving agricultural innovations throughout Africa.

Some industry watchers are already tipping the Nigerian Dangote Industries and CocaCola Africa office as some of the winners to be announced as part of the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum events.

OBJ, NaijaAgroNet gathered would be accompanied by the former president of Ghana, John Kuffor and host president, Uhuru Kenyatta as well as the chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and founder of Econet Wireless, Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, to name a few.

While this year’s theme centres on “Seize the Moment – Securing Africa’s Rise through Agricultural Transformation” NaijaAgroNet gathered that the theme was inspired by the call to action from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) enticed by President Barack Obama’s Global Food Security initiative, which is classified as the largest development commitment from the administration and one that is aligned closely with the African Union’s (AU) agriculture agenda.

Hence this year’s AGRF would feature many other heroes of African agriculture who are committed to mobilizing the investments and partnerships that could “seize the moment” for making Africa’s agriculture potential a reality.

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Pix: Obasanjo and Masiyiwa

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