Senegalese forestry engineer Baba Dioum is one of the joint winners of the prestigious Africa Food Prize. The Co-award winner is Dr. Emma Naluyima from Uganda. Both winners will share the USD 100.000 prize.
“Baba Dioum has built a name for himself around markets and trade in agricultural commodities. His work has contributed to policy developments promoting cross-border agricultural trade in West Africa,” reads a statement on the website of the institution managing the Food Prize.
“To help consolidate West Africa´s position in this market, he created a regional network of mango exporters and developed a successful regional brand. He has also engaged in the production of vegetables and potato for export.”
“Starting in 1964, I learnt through forestry and civic education that the achievement of short term needs can also be used to meet long-term perspectives,” Baba Dioum is quoted on the AGRA website.
Upon hearing of the announcement, CORAF, the lead regional institution coordinating research in West and Central Africa extended its congratulations to Baba Dioum.
“Our sincere congratulations to Baba Dioum for this extraordinary recognition. He makes the region proud. His work highlights the regionality approach, which is at the heart of CORAF’s intervention,” said the CORAF executive Director, Dr. Abdou Tenkouano.
The Africa Food Prize puts a spotlight on bold initiatives and technical innovations that can be replicated across the continent to create a new era of food security and economic opportunity for all Africans.
Previous AFP laureates include the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), chosen in 2018 for their leadership in innovating agricultural research and technologies that have improved food security, nutrition, and incomes for millions of people across Africa, and joint 2017 winners, Kenyan professor Ruth Oniang’o and Malian Mme Maïmouna Sidibe Coulibaly.