It is building on the prestigious Yara Prize, which over a decade recognized individuals from Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Mozambique for their success in making African farms more productive, profitable and resilient.
By moving and renaming the prize, this $100,000 award has been given a distinct African home, African identity and also African ownership.
Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo is chairing the committee screening all the nominees and selecting the winners.
“We want to celebrate individuals and institutions that are changing the reality of farming in Africa, from a grueling struggle to survive to a profitable family business that thrives,” he explains.
The first winner was announced at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Nairobi in September 2016.
“I hope the Africa Food Prize will continue to attract global attention to all the impressive African women and men with a ‘can-do attitude’ and drive - people who play such a vital role in transforming agriculture in Africa,” says Svein Tore Holsether, CEO & President of Yara.
“Spotlight on bold initiatives”
“The Africa Food Prize is another way we can drive a search for solutions to fundamental problems, like a chronic lack of financing, that prevent African farmers from achieving their potential,” says Strive Masiyiwa, Chair and CEO of Econet Wireless International and Board Chair of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). “It can put a bright spotlight on bold initiatives and technical innovations that can be replicated across the continent to eliminate hunger and poverty and provide a vital new source of employment and income.”
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