Yara International ASA: African female leaders awarded the Yara Prize
Oslo (2012-09-05):Â The Yara Prize 2012 is being awarded to Dr. Agnes Kalibata,
Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources in Rwanda, and to Dr. Eleni Gabre-
Madhin, outgoing CEO of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) in Ethiopia.
The Yara Prize Committee has selected two prominent African female leaders for
their work on groundbreaking areas for the African Green Revolution: effective
public policies in support of agricultural growth and profound innovation in
Both leaders have demonstrated how transformative change can be achieved in a
complex and challenging environment. They have applied innovative approaches,
collaborating with partners in new ways. Their achievements are fit to inspire
other countries to transform the productivity and sustainability of their
"Yara creates impact by addressing global challenges. By awarding the Yara
Prize, we salute the champions of sustainable agricultural development. I wish
to extend my personal congratulations to the laureates," JÃ¸rgen Ole Haslestad,
President and CEO of Yara and Chairman of the Yara Prize Committee, said.
"The impressive transformational work the laureates are doing provides great
inspiration, and this is exactly the kind of development we want to promote in
the Grow Africa Initiative, co-chaired by Yara alongside NEPAD and the African
The two laureates will be celebrated at the State Banquet/Gala night on
September 27 during the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) 2012 in Arusha,
Reasoning behind Dr. Agnes Kalibata's award
Dr. Agnes Kalibata is being awarded the prize for her great leadership in the
transformation of food security and agricultural development in Rwanda in a
relatively short period of time.
She currently serves as the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources for the
Republic of Rwanda. For six years, Minister Kalibata has been the architect of
the remarkable transformation of Rwandan agriculture. Rwanda has moved from
having a food deficit to being a country that is largely food self-sufficient.
Over 1 million Rwandans have moved out of poverty between 2005 and 2011. Dr.
Kalibata has been able to align national agricultural policies with the
NEPAD/CAADP frameworks, i.e. the commitment to increase government budget share
for agriculture to 10 percent, and Rwanda was the first country to adopt a
Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) compact.
Internationally, the country has in many ways become a success story that has
inspired other African countries. By sustaining the gains in food security and
the future of agriculture in Rwanda, Dr. Kalibata has been a driving force
behind the Grow Africa Initiative, a partnership platform to accelerate
investments for sustainable and inclusive growth in African agriculture.
Reasoning behind Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin's award
Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin is the founder and outgoing CEO of the Ethiopia Commodity
Exchange (ECX). She is being awarded the prize for showing visionary and
remarkable leadership in managing the transformation process toward an
efficiently functioning market, especially for smallholder coffee producers in
The ECX has had a far-reaching impact in Ethiopia in several areas of
agriculture and in the lives of small farmers since its inauguration in 2008.
Under her leadership, ECX's growth has seen a strong increase in volumes every
year, from trading 138,000 tons in the starting year 2008/2009 to 601,000 tons
in 2011/2012. The value of ECX trades reached USD 1.2 billion in 2011/2012,
representing up to USD 20 million per day. With a transparent and efficient
market, the share of the final export price for coffee has risen from 38 percent
to 65 percent, having a positive impact for 15 million coffee farmers in
Ethiopia. At present, 12 percent of ECX membership is made up of farmer
cooperatives, representing 2.4 million smallholder farmers. Dr. Gabre-Madhin was
among The Africa Report's "50 Women Shaping Africa" 2011, was named Ethiopian
Person of the Year 2010 and was nominated for Outstanding Businesswoman of the
Year 2010 by African Business. She received the African Banker Icon Award for
About the Yara Prize
The Yara Prize for an African Green Revolution seeks to contribute to the
transformation of African agriculture and food availability, within a
sustainable context, thereby helping to reduce hunger and poverty. The Yara
Prize is based on nominations of candidates who are carefully evaluated by the
Yara Prize Committee. The Yara Prize consists of USD 60,000, which will be split
between the laureates, a crystal trophy and a diploma. The Yara Prize was handed
out in Oslo from 2005 to 2009. In 2012, it moved to Africa and will be handed
out on September 27 at the State Banquet/Gala nightÂ as part of AGRF 2012 in
Arusha, Tanzania. The Yara Prize will be handed out annually in Africa. Read
more at: www.yaraprize.com
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