2017 World Food Prize Laureate, Akinwumi Adesina, was CAST's 2010 BCCA Recipient

June 27, 2017

CAST recognized the abilities of Akinwumi Adesina in 2010 when he was named the Borlaug CAST Communication Award winner. Known for his work in Nigeria, Africa, and around the globe, Dr. Adesina has been an advocate for agriculture's potential to transform societies. Now he has been selected as the 2017 World Food Prize laureate, and he will no doubt continue to lead efforts to make food security a reality for people in all countries--and especially on the African continent.

** From the World Food Prize site:

Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), will be recognized as the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate. Through his roles over the past two decades with the Rockefeller Foundation, at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and as Minister of Agriculture of Nigeria, Dr. Adesina has been at the forefront of galvanizing political will to transform African agriculture through initiatives to expand agricultural production, thwart corruption in the Nigerian fertilizer industry, and exponentially increase the availability of credit for smallholder farmers across the African continent.

Click here for the full World Food Prize news release.

** From the 2010 press release about Adesina winning the Borlaug CAST Communication Award:

The prestigious 2010 Borlaug CAST Communication Award (BCCA) goes to Dr. Akin Adesina, a distinguished scientist, leader, and communicator who has been working passionately for Africa's Green Revolution. Dr. Adesina currently serves as a vice president for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where he helps set policy and advises former U.N. Secretary Kofi Annan, the current Chairman of the Board of AGRA. A world-class scholar, Dr. Adesina influences policymakers with his informed speeches, published papers, and tireless leadership, but he is also known for his "common sense realism." As he says, "Agriculture is the key to poverty reduction and broad-based economic growth in Africa."

Click here for the full BCCA news release.

Science Expertise and Communication Skills--

An Essential Combination for Today’s Agriculture

If an award includes the words “Borlaug” and “communication,” it has to live up to the hype. The Borlaug CAST Communication Award has done that and more. The honor is presented annually for outstanding achievement by a scientist, engineer, technologist, or other professional working in the agricultural, environmental, or food sectors for contributing to the advancement of science in the public policy arena.

Jayson Lusk, the 2017 winner, uses multiple forms of media to advocate for science, as he explains how innovation and growth in agriculture are critical for food security and global progress.

All of the laureates have shown that science and research are important, but they also know that communication is essential. They “walk the walk” in various ways as they promote global food security.