WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue is widely known as a university that focuses heavily on agriculture and that shows with its three World Food Prize award winners.
Three Purdue graduates have now been awarded the World Food Prize in the past decade. One in 2007, one in 2009 and now in 2017. All three award winners studied agriculture at Purdue, but all three specialized in different aspects of agriculture. Each laureate used the knowledge they acquired at Purdue to help solve different food insecurity problems across the globe.
2017 winner Akinwumi Adesina traveled all the way from Nigeria to get his graduate degree at Purdue. Adesina focused on the economics of farming to help Nigerian farmers sustain a higher level of income and quality of life. Many hope that these three laureates point to an even brighter future for Purdue around the globe.
"We attract incredible students from around the world for a graduate education here. The whole university has gotten more involved in international activity. Again I fully expect to see more Purdue laureates in the future as we think about, you know, 800-900 million people around the world going to bed without adequate nutrition, and to think a person from this place was the person who made the difference is something we can feel proud of," said Purdue interim Provost Jay Akridge.
Adesina will be sitting down with Purdue President Mitch Daniels Monday night. Daniels is holding a fireside chat with Adesina to discuss his award as well as his work in Africa.