Prof Ruth Oniang’o(left) and MmeMaimouna Coulibali of Mali have jointly won the award./COURTESY
A Kenyan professor has won this year’s African Food Prize.
Two women, Prof Ruth Oniang’o and MmeMaimouna Coulibali of Mali, have jointly won the award, which was announced yesterday at the ongoing African Green Revolution Forum in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
Oniang’o is the founder and leader of the Rural Outreach Programme, a Kenya-based NGO that supports farmer groups engaged in production and agro-processing at community level.
She is also the editor-in-chief and founder of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development.
Oniang’o served as lecturer and professor of food science and nutrition at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology from 1990 to 1996.
The women will take over from the former president of the International Fund for Agriculture Development Dr Kanayo Nwanze, who was last year’s winner.She holds a doctorate in food science and nutrition from the University of Nairobi.
According to the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, 643 outstanding individuals, projects and institutions were considered this year.
The nominations came from more than 20 African countries in Africa. Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Mali and Botswana had the highest number of nominees.