Akinwumi Adesina, 2017 recipient of the World Food Prize, has devoted monetary awards attached to his prize to endow a foundation to improve food security.

The World Hunger Fighters Foundation, will be financed through monetary awards that come with his 2017 prize and 2019 SunHak Peace prize.

Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, is also the 2007 YARA Prize laureate.

A statement from the bank described him as a “globally acclaimed leader on development” and “internationally recognized for driving efforts to transform agriculture and food security in Africa, for more than thirty years.”

“Just like his mentor, Dr. Norman Borlaug, Dr. Adesina has committed his life to ending global hunger and lifting millions of people out of poverty,” it said.