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Former President John Dramani Mahama this morning held discussions with the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, on new ways to attract more young people into farming and improving agriculture production in Africa.
President Mahama is in Des Moines, Iowa in the United States of America as the Special Guest of Honour at a ceremony to confer the 2017 World Food Prize Award on Dr. Akinwumi Adesina.
The Laureate Award Ceremony is part of the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium organized and hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation.
Dr. Akinwumi, a former Nigerian Minister for Agriculture, is being recognized for his leading role over the past decade in among others, helping galvanise the necessary political leadership to transform African agriculture, introducing initiatives that have exponentially increased the availability of credit to small holder farmers across Africa and expanding food production in Nigeria.