IITA cited for its efforts in improving food and nutrition security


The winners of Kuwait’s Al-Sumait Prize’s health and food security categories together with the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah (third from left) and President Mbasosgo of Equatorial Guinea, (fifth from left).

On 17 October, the Al-Sumait board of Trustees in Kuwait announced the awardees of the 2016 Al-Sumait Prize.

IITA was recognized with the 2016 Al-Sumait Prize for Food Security for its sustained efforts in undertaking groundbreaking research and development that continues to positively affect the lives of millions on the African continent. IITA shares the prize with sister center, International Potato Center (CIP), which was cited for its work on orange-fleshed sweet potato to address Vitamin A deficiency. The two CGIAR centers are the first laureates for food security.

The awards were conferred by the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah and President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Mbasosgo, yesterday, 22 November , during the fourth Africa-Arab summit in Equatorial Guinea. The prize comprised of one million dollars each and a gold medal to the three winners.

Dr. A Namanga Ngongi, member of IITA’s Board of Trustees, representing IITA, commented, “We are proud of this award and thank the Al-Sumait Prize for recognizing the efforts of IITA and our partners in helping African farmers and communities improve their livelihoods and enhance food and nutrition security through research and development on major food staples.”

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