World Food Prize 2017 laureate congratulated by agricultural scientist Prof. Swaminathan


Chennai, Jun 28 :Eminent Agricultural scientist and MSSRF
Founder Prof M S Swaminathan today greeted Dr Akinyumi A Adesina,
President of African Development Bank Group for being chosen for the prestigious 2017 World Food Prize, which is considered as the Nobel Prize in Food and Agriculture.

Dr Adesina will receive the USD 250,000 prize for his work in African agriculture and towards improving food security for millions in the continent.

The announcement was made last night at the US Department of Agriculture.

Prof Swaminathan, who is also the Chair of the World Food Prize Selection Committee, was the first recipient of the award in 1987 after it was instituted in 1986.

 In a letter to Dr Adesina on this formal announcement, Prof Swaminathan said “No better choice could have been made for this award, which is now regarded as the Nobel Prize in Food and Agriculture. Your contributions both to Nigeria and to all other countries in Africa in the area of agricultural advancement and sustainable food and livelihood security are truly monumental.”

The World Food Prize, instituted by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr Norman Borlaug, is the foremost award that aims to recognize monumental contribution towards the food security of the world. Instituted in the year 1986, Prof Swaminathan was the first World Food Prize Awardee in 1987.