Dr Akinwumi Adeshina, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, will be honored by his alma mater, Purdue University with an honorary doctorate degree. The degree will be awarded during the spring commencement ceremonies in the West Lafayette campus’ Elliott Hall of Music.
Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina and William “Bill” Dudley Jr., president and CEO of the Bechtel Group, are this year’s honorees.
Purdue will conduct five ceremonies May 15-17 in Elliott Hall. Dr Adesina will receive his honorary Doctor of Agriculture degree during the 8 p.m. Friday (May 15) ceremony. Both Adesina and Dudley are Purdue alumni.
Akinwumi Adesina received a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the Old University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University) and his Msc and PhD in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University
Akinwumi Adesina ‘s career has always been about improving the agricultural sector in Africa. He held positions in agricultural development at various organizations before joining the Rockefeller Foundation in 1998. He was vice president for policy and partnerships at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa from 2007 until he was named to his current position in 2010. He introduced innovative programs that empowered more than six million farmers and shifted Nigerian agriculture toward a more business-oriented industry. He also led financing initiatives to support youth engagement in agriculture as well as small and medium enterprises.