Adesina, whose name was selected on Monday in Washington DC, becomes the 46th recipient and the sixth African to be so honoured.

Over a 31-year existence, the award has become known as the ‘Nobel Prize’ for Food and Agriculture.

The award ceremony would take place on October 19 in US.

Announcing the new laureate, Kenneth Quinn, President of The World Food Prize, The Hall of Laureates, described Adesina as “someone who grew out of poverty, but whose life mission is to lift up millions of people out of poverty”.

The prestigious $250,000 prize is given annually to a person who has worked to advance human development by “improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world”.

Adesina was the Nigeria’s minister of agriculture under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.