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