Akinwumi Adesina

African agriculture expert

Akinwumi "Akin" Adesina is a Nigerian agricultural economist and the President of the African Development Bank. He served as Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Before then, he was Vice President of Policy and Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).[1][2]

Akinwumi Adesina
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Akinwumi Adesina in 2014
8th President of the African
Development Bank
Assumed office
1 September 2015
Preceded byDonald Kaberuka
Nigerian Agriculture Minister
In office
Preceded byAbba Sayyadi Ruma
Succeeded byAudu Ogbeh
Personal details
Born (1960-02-06) 6 February 1960 (age 61)[3]
Alma materUniversity of Ife
Purdue University (PhD)


Adesina attended a village school and holds Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics with First Class Honors from the University of Ife, Nigeria. He proceeded his studies at Purdue University in Indiana. He obtained his PhD (Agricultural Economics) from Purdue.[4]


  1. "Interview: Akinwumi Adesina, Minister of Agriculture, Nigeria - Analysis - This is Africa". web.archive.org. 2015-01-12. Retrieved 2021-04-25.
  2. "Sign Up | LinkedIn". www.linkedin.com. Retrieved 2021-04-25.
  3. The President's biography, African Development Bank
  4. www.amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077DZ8JTP. Retrieved 2021-04-25. Missing or empty |title= (help)