While my PhD in agricultural economics at Purdue University gave me the knowledge to work in agriculture, it is my father's words and my growing-up experience that made it my life ambition to use agriculture to lift millions out of poverty.
As Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria, my team and I helped initiate an agricultural transformation that impacted 14.5 million poor farmers. Today, as President of the African Development Bank, my passion remains the same. In treating agriculture as a business lies the future for the economic revival of Africa's rural communities.
Akin Adesina is President of the African Development Bank and the Former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria