Profile: Akinwunmi Adesina

Akinwunmi Adesina

Akinwunmi Adesina is Vice President (Policy and Partnerships) for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an organization established with support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with the goal of bringing a green revolution to Africa, and lifting millions of poor farmers out of poverty and food insecurity.
Mr. Adesina has over 20 years of experience in African agriculture, development policy and rural development.



He won the Rockefeller Foundation Social Science Research Fellowship in 1988, which initiated his career in international agricultural development. He has worked in senior research positions in international agricultural research centres of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.
He joined the Rockefeller Foundation, New York, as a senior scientist for Africa in 1998 and later served as Rockefeller Foundation representative for Southern Africa, based in Harare, Zimbabwe (1999-2003).
He is also an associate director (food security) at The Rockefeller Foundation, based in Nairobi, Kenya (2003-present). Dr. Adesina helped to design, inspire and galvanize support for the landmark Africa Fertilizer Summit. He is consultant on agricultural development issues in Africa by the World Economic Forum, World Bank and African Development Bank, among other institutions.
Dr Adesina was a lead organizer of the Africa Fertilizer Summit for African heads of state in 2006.
He was instrumental in framing the soil health policies adopted there by over 40 African governments, the African Union the New Partnership of African Development (NEPAD), and other leading global development institutions.
Mr. Adesina has worked in senior research leadership positions at IITA, WARDA and ICRISAT. In July 2007, he received the YARA Prize for the African Green Revolution in Oslo for his pioneering work with agricultural inputs and agro-dealer networks in Africa.
In 2008, he was honoured with Purdue University’s College of Agriculture Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Award, for his inspiring leadership in spearheading transformative change in African agriculture.
In 2009, Mr. Adesina was appointed into the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Advocacy Group that will drive the rapid achievement of the Goals across the globe. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon described him as an “eminent personality’’ who had shown outstanding leadership in promoting the implementation of the MDGs.
Dr Adesina holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University (USA). He is married to Grace and together they have two children, Rotimi and Segun.

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  1. #1 by CHRISTOPHER EHIS OMOKHUALE on August 5, 2011 - 23:19

    AN OPEN LETTER TO THE HONOURABLE PRESIDENT CHIEF GOODLUCK JONATHAN
    A NIGERIAN SEEKING FINANCE FOR AGRO INDUSTRIAL PROJECT
    I AM A NIGERIAN LIVING IN BARCELONA .SPAIN. CURRENTLY, I AM AN INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURAL MACHINE INVENTOR AND DESIGNER WHICH I WISH TO USE TO HELP INDUSTRIALIZE THE AFRICAN CONTINENT IN THE NEAR FUTURE. I AM ONLY LOOKING FOR VOLUNTARY ORGS , GOVERNMENTS, INVESTORS , SPONSORS, LOANS , MONETARY CASH GIFTS,OR PARTNERS THAT COULD FINANCE BIG INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS BECAUSE THE SKY IS OUR LIMIT. AFRICA IS A COUNTRY BLESSED WITH SO MUCH MINERAL RESOURCES WHICH WE OPENLY OUT OF STUPIDNESS ALLOW OTHER TO EXPLOIT BECAUSE THEY MAKE US BELEIVE THAT WE CANNOT DO IT ON OUR OWN. AFRICANS NEED TO TAKE EXAMPLE FROM THE CHINESE. TEN YEARS AGO, THEY WERE NOTHING, BUT TODAY, THEY ARE THE SECOND RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. I DO CALL ON ALL AFRICANS TO TRY TO MOVE BACK HOME AND DEVELOP THEIR COUNTRIES WITH THE EXPIRIENCE THEY HAVE AQUIRED IN THE WESTERN WORLD. I HAVE BEEN LIVING IN EUROPE FOR 20 YEARS AND HAVE SEEN A LOT, KNOWING FULLY WELL THAT IT IS NOT A MAGIC, BUT JUST COMMON SENSE. LET US ALL PUT OUR LITTLE EFFORT. ´´´NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU , BUT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY¨´AFRICA IS A CONTINENT OF MORE THAN 1 BILLION PEOPLE AND IT IS A BIG MARKET FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT. LACK OF FOOD PROCESSING MACHINERIES IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HUNGER AND STARVATION IN AFRICA DUE TO SEASONAL SPOILAGE.
    CONTACT ME:
    TWITTER…CEOMOKHUALE
    FACEBOOK: CHRISTOPHER EHIS OMOKHUALE
    TELEPHONE..0034-931246722
    MOBILE….0034-619354193
    FAX.. 0027-865671781
    EMAIL: obigho@gmail.com

  2. #2 by Haruna-Aig. Ellams on July 28, 2012 - 10:42

    Hon Minister,

    I’ve been trying to reach you sine after you declared open the General Assembly of Nigerian Farmers in 2011 (GANF 2011). I’ll appreciate if you can avail me of you email address to furnish you with me advise of e-farming. Thank you.

    Haruna-Aig. Ellams
    36,Ibrahim Taiwo Road,
    Kano-700001,Nigeria.
    0803 580 1848
    ellams1156@gmail.com

  3. #3 by Adfuse1.blogspot.com on March 19, 2013 - 01:17

    Ur article, “Profile: Akinwunmi Adesina | ogala” was indeed truly worth writing a comment down here in the
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    fantastic work. Many thanks -Elisabeth

  4. #4 by Okonkwo Collins C on July 8, 2013 - 17:24

    I want to go into fish farming in Ibadan, Sir i need your little support as in to start up the business and i have my own plot of land which i can use.I will be glad if you can implement it

  5. #5 by Oluwole Isaac Adeyemi (PhD) on August 12, 2013 - 13:02

    This piece is a bit parochial because it missed out an important issue that Dr. Adesina holds a B. Sc Agricultural Economics of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. This is important because the “brain drain” issue took him out of the University then. With adequate facilities in place and competitive remuneration for teachers and researchers, our universities can produce the best. It is not only Purdue University in USA that produced him. Go to OAU, Ife website.( http://www.oauife.edu.ng) for more.

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