Dr. Kanayo Nwanze has been declared winner of the inaugural ‘Africa Food Prize’ award. He was awarded for his courageous leadership in fostering solidarity with Africa’s small-scale farmers.
Dr. Nwanze, who is also the president of Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) takes home $100,000 worth prize, which was presented to him during a ceremony at the African Green Revolution Forum in Nairobi, Kenya.
According to Chairperson of the Prize Committee, Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Nwanze is a model for how a great leader can make a difference in the lives of people on the ground.
“Whether that leader is the head of a global institution, a head of state or a head of small organization, Dr Nwanze’s accomplishments on behalf of African farmers are a reminder of what’s possible when you combine passion, good ideas, commitment, focus, hard work and dedication.”
The award also recognized the efforts of Dr. Kanayo Nwanze in championing the cause of the small-scale African farmers and going beyond promises to delivering plans and programs aimed at empowering these farmers.
The organizers were particularly pleased about his leadership at IFAD, where he is transforming the small-scale farming landscape across the continent.
A statement read:
‘‘Despite a major global economic downturn, he succeeded in growing the Fund’s overall resources, with significant increases in commitments from member states.
‘‘As a result of this overall increase in IFAD’s portfolio of loans and grants, its ongoing investments in Africa more than doubled – from US$1.3 billion at the start of Nwanze’s tenure to $2.7 billion in 2015 – benefiting more than 75 million rural people.”