Vice President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Nigeria)
Akinwumi Adesina has over twenty years of experience in African agriculture, development policy and rural development. He was a lead organizer of the Africa Fertilizer Summit for African heads of state in 2006, and instrumental in framing the soil health policies adopted there by over forty African governments, the African Union, the New Partnership of African Development (NEPAD), and other leading global development institutions.
Adesina, a Nigerian citizen, previously worked in senior research leadership positions at IITA, WARDA and ICRISAT. In July 2007, he received the YARA Prize for the African Green Revolution for his pioneering work with agricultural inputs and agro-dealer networks in Africa. In 2008, he was honored with Purdue University’s College of Agriculture Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Award, for his inspiring leadership in spearheading transformative change in African agriculture.
Adesina holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University (USA).