Africa currently is the only continent which does not grow enough food to feed itself, said Annan, who grew up in Ghana in Africa who studied and ran track at a small college in Minnesota in the 1960s.

“It alone has failed, in recent decades, to see agricultural productivity keep pace with its growing population. Unfortunately, Africa was bypassed by the science-based agricultural development, built on the ideas of Norman Borlaug, which so dramatically transformed food production in Asia.”

Much of the discussions at the World Food Prize, which was established by Dr. Borlaug to recognize those who are addressing the problem of world hunger, have centered on solving the problems of hunger and malnutrition in Africa.

Annan said the challenges for agriculture in Africa can only be overcome by working in partnership with the continent’s smallholder farmers.