Kofi Annan receives Borlaug Medallion for Global Leadership in Africa Food Security

Posted: September 3, 2010 in Agriculture/Poverty
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Formers UN Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan has been awarded the Borlaug Medallion by the World Food Prize Foundation in recognition of his global leadership and commitment to improving food security in Africa.

Kofi Annan, Chair for the Alliance for a Green Revolution for Africa

The award was given to him on Thursday by the World Food Prize Foundation President, Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn at the first ever African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) ongoing in Accra.

Commenting on the award, Mr. Annan said “it is a great honour to receive this award in my home country Ghana. We are making great strides in putting farmers and agriculture at the center of our development”.
According to him, farmers in Africa have been left to sink or swim without help for far too long and it is time pubic and private partners work closely together to transform the continent’s agriculture to benefit smallholder farmers and increase food security and nutrition.
“After decades of neglect, agriculture has returned to the development agenda. Now, it is time to bring together the many players- from farmers to Chief Executive Officers- to achieve rapid, large-scale results that will put an end to hunger and poverty”, he noted.
Presenting the award, Ambassador Quinn said, “over the past decade, no one has done more than Kofi Annan to bring attention to the critical issue of global food security and nutrition around the world nor in fulfilling Norman Borlaug’s dream of bringing the Green Revolution to Africa”.
As UN Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006, Mr. Annan was instrumental in laying out the Millennium Development Goals, a strategy to meet the needs of the world’s poorest by 2015. One of the eight identified goals is to “eradicate extreme poverty and hunger”.
The UN hopes to “halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger”. In 2001, Mr. Annan and the UN received the the Nobel Peace Prize.
Mr. Annan is currently, the Chair of AGRF and the Chair of the board of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.
AGRA works to achive a food secure and prosperous Africa through the promotion of rapid sustainable agricultural growth based on smallholder farmers.

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