Scale Up: A Necessity for Transformative Development
University is celebrating its sesquicentennial with the Ideas Festival,
speakers and Purdue experts in conversations on critical problems and
opportunities. The Ideas Festival launched with the Scale Up
Conference - a giant leap toward a sustainable economy and planet.
Scale Up Conference focused on effective approaches to grow
agricultural technologies and
innovations in the developing world. The keynote speaker was Dr.
Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group, 2017
World Food Prize Laureate, and an alumnus of Purdue’s College of
Agriculture. Dr. Adesina’s remarks focused on the
necessity for transformative development to address issues of global
food security. The Scale Up Conference was supported by Purdue
University, the African Development Bank Group, the Office of the
Executive President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP) and
the College of Agriculture.
Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina
, the 2017 World Food Prize laureate, was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2015 from Purdue University, where he earned master’s (1985) and doctoral (1988) degrees in agricultural economics. In 2015, Adesina was elected president of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB). In 2011, he was appointed Nigeria’s minister of agriculture. Other positions he has held: principal economist for the West Africa Rice Development Association; associate director of food security at the Rockefeller Foundation; and vice president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. In 2010, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed him as one of the leaders to spearhead the Millennium Development Goals. Forbes magazine named him African Person of the Year in 2013.