president of African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has won 2017 World Food Prize. Mr Adesina won prize and $250,000. He got award for his two decades of work in increasing food production in Africa. He used his experience as top banker to help agriculture in Africa. He helped to change many farming laws and made it easier for small farmers to get loans for their business. He also helped farmers to modernize their farms and way they grow their crops. World Food Prize Foundation President, Kenneth Quinn, said Mr. Adesina won prize, "for driving change in African agriculture for over 25 years and improving food security for millions across continent".
World Food Prize was created by 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug. He is known as father of
"green revolution". He helped to breed crops that produced more food and were stronger and more resistant against disease. His work helped to prevent famine in Asia in
1960s. Mr Quinn said Adesina "grew up in poverty" in Africa and decided to do his best at school to get good education. He got Ph.D. in agricultural economics. He became leader in African banking and was also Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture from 2011 to 2015. Quinn said Adesina used his background and experiences to, "lift millions of people out of poverty, especially farmers in rural Africa".