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