How I Will Spend My $250,000 World Food Prize Money — Ex-Minister Adesina

Nigeria's former minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina is setting up a fund for financing African youths in agriculture. The project will be funded with the $250,000 money attached to the 2017 World Food Prize (WFP) Laureate award conferred on him in Des Moines, the USA on Thursday.

Adesina emerged winner of the global award by the WFP for his determination, practical commitment to boosting agriculture and food supply chain both as minister of agriculture and President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

He commended his staff for the shared passion to feed Africa.

He expressed gratitude to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo for nominating him as the minister.

Adesina also thanked former President Goodluck Jonathan for giving him the opportunity of his life to serving his country, Nigeria, as a minister and President Muhammadu Buhari for his strong support to achieve the feat.

He said:“There wouldn’t be any rest for me until Africa feeds itself and for that, we need the youth.

“And so even though I don’t have the cash in my hand, I hereby commit my $250,000 as a cash prize for the WFP award to set up a fund fully dedicated to providing financing for the youth of Africa in agriculture to feed Africa.

“A day is coming very soon when the barns of Africa will be filled and all her children will be well fed when millions of farmers will be able to send their kids to school. Then you will hear a new song across Africa; thank God our lives are better for us.’’

The Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds, who officially declared Adesina as the 2017 laureate winner of the WFP, said he was a man who grew out of poverty to create wealth.