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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ousmane Badiane, Eric Kaduru win 2015 Yara Prize


The Director for Africa, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Dr. Ousmane Badiane and the Founder  and standing Chief Executive Officer (CEO), KadAfrica, Mr. Eric Kaduru, will be honoured with the 2015 Yara Prize in a ceremony  today in Lusaka, Zambia, NaijaAgroNet.

The Yara Prize Committee selected the two prominent African laureates for their work related to African agricultural development, food security and the continent's green revolution. Both laureates have, through their personal commitment and special efforts, translated ideas on the development of African agriculture into impactful results in their respective areas of work.

NaijaAgroNet gathered that the 2015 awards recognize effective entrepreneurial work, which has helped build communities of resilient young women actively engaged in commercial farming and honor African thought leadership, which has been instrumental in transforming the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme  (CAADP)  agenda from a mere concept into decisive actions.

The President/CEO, Yara, Svein Tore Holsether, said, "Africa needs to do more to foster entrepreneurial agriculture and the interests of women and youth in agriculture.  More smallholder-oriented policy changes are needed to meet growth and poverty alleviation targets in rural areas. In 2015, the Yara Prize honours the two leading African change agents with transformational power. I wish to extend my personal congratulations to both laureates."

Mr. Kaduru is awarded the prize for his vision, his great courage and commitment to changing the lives of young out of school girls in Uganda. Through his comprehensive approach to passion fruit farming, he has managed to strengthen these girls' belief in themselves as entrepreneurs. Mr. Kaduru's passion for engaging African youth in agriculture as a positive and sustainable livelihood is exemplified through the fact that in less than two short years he has partnered with more than 1,500 out of school girls (aged 14-20) to begin their own passion fruit farms, NaijaAgroNet learnt.

Dr. Ousmane Badiane is awarded the prize for his important leadership role and influence on strategic debate and collaboration in Africa on agriculture and food security. Dr. Badiane is a first-class scholar and leading authority on African development with 30 years of professional experience in economic and agricultural development. Dr Badiane has been instrumental and played a pivotal role in the shaping of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP agenda from concept development to implementation.

The Yara Prize for an African Green Revolution seeks to contribute to the transformation of African agriculture and food availability, within a sustainable context, thereby helping to reduce hunger and poverty. The Yara Prize is based on nominations of candidates who are carefully evaluated by the Yara Prize Committee. The Yara Prize consists of USD 60,000, which will be split between the laureates.

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Pix: From left: Mr. Eric Kaduru,Dr. Ousmane Badiane

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