THREE FUTA ALUMNI WIN BORLAUG-ADESINA WORLD FOOD PRIZE FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP
Three Alumni of the Federal University of Technology Akure , FUTA have been named among the 10 winners of the 2019 Borlaug-Adesina Foundation Fellowship under the aegis of the current President of the African Development Bank , Dr Akinwumi Adesina’s World Food Prize Foundation. The three FUTA Alumni winners are Emmanuel Maduka who graduated with a first class in Agricultural Extension and communication Technology, in 2018 ,Olufemi Adesina, who also graduated with a first class in Agricultural Extension and communication Technology in 2017 and John Agboola who graduated with a degree in Agricultural Extension and Economics in 2015 . Other 2109 fellows are Ife omotayo from Nigeria, Nicholas Alifa from Nigeria , Victor Mugo from Kenya,Adonai Da Matha San'tana from Benin republic ,Lourena Arone Maxwell from Mozambique ,Marriane Enow Tabi from Cameroun and Solomon A Nimako
In 2017 Dr Akinwumi Adesina won the World Food Prize of $250,000USD and announced that he would donate the money to a foundation and set up a structure to support young people in agriculture. He also won the Sunhak prize for peace of $500,000USD which he also donated to the same cause. The foundation was thus founded on the fundamental need to support the next generation of Agricultural entrepreneurs. As a flagship program, the Borlaug-Adesina Foundation Fellowship was initiated to carry on the vision of Dr Adesina’s mentor Norman Borlaug and foster a food secure Africa through the action of young people in the African agricultural space.
1312 applications were received from 39 countries across 5 regions for the 2019 fellowship . From this lot , the 10 exceptional individuals who won the 2019 fellowships were selected. Emmanuel Maduka, Olufemi Adesina, and John Agboola