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The Africa Food Prize was launched on 12 th April 2016, in Ghana.

The US $100,000 accolade will recognize outstanding individuals and institutions that are leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives. Winners will be selected by a panel of independent and distinguished leaders in African agriculture chaired by President H.E Obasanjo.

The Africa Food Prize will shine a bright spotlight on bold initiatives and technical innovations that can be replicated across the continent to help millions of smallholder farmers deliver a new era of sustainable food security and economic opportunity.

It’s a successor of the Yara Prize, which was first established by Yara International ASA in 2005.

The Africa Food Prize builds on the values and principles of the Yara Prize by giving the most prestigious award in African agriculture a distinct African identity and African ownership. The award is being funded jointly by AGRA and Yara.

Below please find links to documents about the launch the Africa Food Prize 2017.

2017 Resources

Africa Food Prize 2017 Launch Media Release – English
Africa Food Prize 2017 Launch Media Release – French

2016 Resources

Africa Food Prize Award Ceremony

Africa Food Prize Winner 2016 Media Release – English
Africa Food Prize Winner 2016 Media Release – French

Address by Dr. Nwanze at the 2016 Africa Food Prize Award Ceremony
Media Statement by Dr. Nwanze

Africa Food Prize Winner Announcement - Media Coverage

  1. AfricaNews: Nigerian wins $100,000 'Africa Food Prize' award
  2. BBC Africa Today: Wednesday September 7; interview with Dr. Nwanze (from minute 21)
  3. Capital FM: Illicit financial flows from Africa hit $70bn in 2015
  4. Financial Nigeria: IFAD president, Kanayo Nwanze, wins inaugural Africa Food Prize
  5. Footprint to Africa (Nigeria): AGRF 2016: African Leaders to Deliver Major Investments for African Agriculture
  6. Footprint to Africa (Nigeria): IFAD President Awarded the Africa Food Prize
  7. Guardian (Nigeria): Nigerian wins Africa Food Prize
  8. Kass FM (Kenya): IFAD President Nwanze declared winner of Africa Food Prize
  9. KBC Channel 1: “Trade more amongst yourselves,” Obasanjo to African leaders
  10. KTN (Kenya): Former Nigerian President Obasanjo cites farmers facing problems in accessing funding
  11. KU TV: IFAD President Dr Kanayo Nwanze Wins Inaugural Africa Food Prize
  12. People (Kenya): IFAD boss to receive Africa Food Prize at fete
  13. NTV (Kenya): First ever recipient of the Africa Food Prize named
  14. Reuters: Farm boost of $30 billion aimed at helping Africa 'feed itself'
  15. Rwanda News Agency: First Africa food prize awarded to Dr. Kanayo for improving smallholder farmers
  16. Star (Kenya): Focus on smallholder farmers for food security, state told(also ran in print)
  17. This is Africa: Dr. Kanayo Nwanze: Can we be really proud as Africans when millions of our people go to bed hungry every day?
  18. UN News Center: Head of UN rural poverty agency wins inaugural Africa Food Prize, dedicates it to “millions of African women who silently toil to feed their families”
  19. Vanguard (Nigeria): Nigerian wins US$ 100,000’s Africa Food Prize award
  20. Yara: Africa Food Prize awarded to Kanayo F. Nwanze for his dedication to African smallholders

Press release pickups

African Manager

Espace Manager (Tunisia)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Soko Directory

Other Links

Tapping the potential: Youth to drive Africa's agricultural transformation by H.E. President Olusegun Obasanjo

Media Release – English
Media Release – French

Africa Food Prize Factsheet – English
Africa Food Prize Factsheet – French

Nomination information for the Africa Food Prize – English
Nomination information for the Africa Food Prize – French

Biographies of winners of the Yara Prize – English only

Speech by H.E President Olusegun Obasanjo, chair the Africa Food Prize

Watch a speech by Svein Tore Holsether, President and CEO of Yara International, on the launch of the Africa Food Prize.

High quality photos from the launch

Broadcast quality videos from the launch

My Journey Back to the Future of African Farming By H.E. President Olusegun Obasanjo

African Heroes and the Superpowers of Agriculture By Strive Masiyiwa

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