The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has won the 2017 World Food Prize. He also won $250,000. He got the prize for his work in increasing food production in Africa. He used his experience as a top banker to change many farming laws and made it easier for small farmers to get business loans. He also helped farmers grow their crops in a more modern way. The World Food Prize Foundation said Mr Adesina won the prize, "for driving change in African agriculture for over 25 years and improving food security for millions across the continent".
The 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner created the World Food Prize. He is known as the father of the "green revolution". He created crops that produced more food and were better at fighting disease. They helped to stop famine in Asia in the 1960s. Mr Adesina "grew up in poverty" in Africa. He did his best at school and got a Ph.D. in agricultural economics. He became a leading banker and became Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture. Adesina used his experiences to help millions of people get out of poverty, especially farmers in rural Africa.