I am the son of a proud, hard-working smallholder farmer. Some of my fondest childhood memories involve following papa to the fields where we grew cassava, maize, plantain, oil palm and other crops and helping him out around the farm. My father was considered the most successful farmer in our Yoruba village near Abeokuta in southwest Nigeria.
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Kigali, Rwanda, September 11, 2020 – Dr. André Bationo and Dr. Catherine Nakalembe have been announced as the 2020 winners of the Africa Food Prize (AFP) for their exceptional contribution towards the promotion of food security across the continent.
Accra, Sept. 10, GNA – Corteva Agriscience, an agriculture firm that provides farmers with hybrid seeds, crop protection and digital solution, will sponsor the 2019 Africa Food Prize Winners to the World Food Prize Summit, slated for October 16-18, in the USA. Dr Emma Naluyima, an Agriculture Veterinarian and Smallholder Farmer from Uganda, and Baba Continue Reading
Dr. Emma Naluyima of Uganda and Baba Dioum of Senegal are named joint winners of the US$100,000 prize at the African Green Revolution Forum. Accra, Ghana, 4 September 2019 – Two exceptional professionals, who are both at the same time successful agricultural producers, have today been announced as the joint winners of the 2019 Africa Continue Reading
At the 2018 Africa Food Prize (AFP) ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda, IITA Director General, Dr Nteranya Sangingareiterated his commitment to invest in the future of Africa’s younger generation and emphasized the importance of raising the ambition of primary and secondary school students to guarantee a food- and nutrition-secure continent. With the $100,000 AFP prize money, Sanginga promised to carry out Continue Reading
Africa’s over-reliance on external institutions is undermining the continent’s capacity to strengthen agricultural research and development for improving the livelihoods of millions of people. It is galling that a continent with 60 per cent of the world’s uncultivated arable land, that spends US$35 billion every year importing food, is still home to the world’s hungriest, most malnourished population. And Continue Reading
Research outputs by Africa Food Prize winner, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and its national partners are helping farmers to come out of poverty, creating jobs and demonstrating the possibility of having a prosperous African continent, says the Director-General of IITA, Dr Nteranya Sanginga today. Addressing stakeholders at the Food Security Future Summit Continue Reading
The African Food Prize has been awarded to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), based in Ibadan, Nigeria, in recognition of the steady stream of innovations for which it has been responsible since its foundation in 1967. In the intervening years, IITA scientists have developed hundreds of improved, high-yielding varieties of crops including close Continue Reading