Abuja - Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, will next week be honoured with an honorary degree from Purdue University, the United States institution.
He is one of two honorees to receive the accolade alongside William "Bill" Dudley Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bechtel Group.
Adesina will receive his honorary Doctor of Agriculture.
According to Purdue University, after earning his Masters’ and Doctorate Degrees in Agricultural Economics from the university, Adesina dedicated his career to improving the agricultural sector in Africa.
He held positions in agricultural development at various organizations before joining the Rockefeller Foundation in 1998.
Adesina was Vice President for Policy and Partnerships at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa from 2007 until he was named to his current position in 2010.
Also read: Adesina among candidates for AfDB presidency
He introduced innovative programs that empowered more than 6 million farmers and shifted Nigerian agriculture toward a more business-oriented industry.
Adesina also led financing initiatives to support youth engagement in agriculture as well as small and medium enterprises.
Under Adesina's leadership, Nigeria's food production has expanded by 21 million metric tons, and the country has attracted $5.6 billion in private sector investments in agriculture.
His application of economic principles and the power of markets to public policy creation has resulted in improved livelihoods.
Adesina is among the frontrunners for the post of Africa Development Bank President.
- CAJ News