Distinguished AgEcon Alumni

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Dr. Akin Adesina

Ph. D.., Agriculture, Purdue University

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Dr. Akin Adesina is an agricultural economist with over 20 years of professional experience in African agriculture, development policy and rural development. He holds a B.Sc. in agricultural economics from the University of Ife, Nigeria and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Purdue University, USA.

He is currently an associate director (food security) at The Rockefeller Foundation. He is also the interim vice president for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) - a new entity created by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to bring the green revolution to Africa.

Dr. Adesina has worked variously in senior research leadership positions in international agricultural research centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), including as principal economist and social science research coordinator for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) (1995-1998); principal economist and coordinator for West Africa Rice Economics Task Force, West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA) (1990-1995); and assistant principal economist, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) (India and Mali, 1988-1990). He was a member of the CGIAR high-level panel for programmatic and institutional re-alignment of the CGIAR in Africa.

Dr. Adesina helped to organize the landmark Africa Fertilizer Summit for African Heads of States at which major decisions to solve Africa’s fertilizer crisis were reached by over 40 governments. In 2005 he received the “Outstanding Black Agricultural Economist Award” from the American Agricultural Economics Association.


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