Former Minister of Agriculture, Akinwunmi Adesina under the administration of Goodluck Jonathan has again been honored for the giant strides achieved during his stint as minister.
The former minister who is now the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) was awarded the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) award for leadership and innovation on the continent.
The award, presented by Rwandan prime minister, Anastase Murekezi in Kigali, Rwanda, on Monday, was dedicated to African farmers by Adesina.
Murekezi said, “Our collective targets in agriculture cannot be achieved without using science, technology and innovation.”
“We must go beyond simply importing existing technology, and rather focus on developing our own, which is adapted to our local context, linking closely agriculture research to the users’ needs through agricultural extension system.”
Before receiving the award, Adesina said Nigeria must endeavour to feed itself as well as drive its youth into sustainable agriculture.
Adesina’s policy in the agricultural sector of Nigeria during his time as minister was described by FARA as a “bold policy reforms in the fertilizer sector and pursued innovative agricultural investment programs to expand opportunities for the private sector”.