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African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina has won the prestigious World Food Prize for his work to boost yields and farm incomes.

Dr Adesina said providing millions of farmers with seeds and fertilisers was vital to boost development.

He added that 98% of the world's 800 million undernourished people live in Africa.

Since 1986, the World Food Prize aims to recognise efforts to increase the quality and quantity of available food.

Dr Adesina told BBC News that he was "very humbled" to win the award.

"For me, the award is not just about recognition for me, it is also about putting the wind behind the sails of what still needs to be done in African agriculture," he said.

He added that the critical issue that needed to be addressed was that the level of productivity of the African agricultural sector was "so, so low".

The World Food Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr Adesina will receive the US $250,000 prize at the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium, which is held in the US to "help further the discussion on cutting-edge global food security issues and inspire the next generation to end hunger".

President of the World Food Prize Foundation, former US ambassador Kenneth Quinn, said the judging panel hoped awarding Dr Adesia this year's prize would help provide "further impetus to his profound vision for enhancing nutrition, uplifting smallholder farmers, and inspiring the next generation of Africans as they confront the challenges of the 21st century".

Considering what work still need to be done, Dr Adesina told BBC News: " I am really somebody who came out of poverty myself, and poverty is not pretty.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40374294

SANHA Comments:
Becoming financially independent is proved from the Sunnah, as opposed to relying upon others. Greater Muslim involvement in all sectors of food production and distribution might not only ensure greater availability of Halaal but can uplift the Ummah as a whole.


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