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Al Sumait Prize for African Development announces joint winners for US$1mn award

The Board of Trustees of the Al Sumait Prize for African Development has decided to jointly award the Million Dollar 2019 Prize in the field of food security to The Africa Rice Centre and Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA)

The Africa Rice Center (Based in Cote d’ivoire)

The board has recognised the company’s important role in enhancing food security in Africa, including the production of new rice varieties – vitamin A-enriched rice with high yielding and climate-resilient.

The pan-African rice research organisation focuses on improving livelihoods in Africa through strong science to improving the rice economy in Africa. Through their applied research and education programmes, the Centre is building the next generation of professionals in rice and food research in Africa.

Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) (Nairobi)

The Alliance works along the continuum of innovative research to effective adoption and sustainable management of small farmers enterprises. PABRA has increased the integration of the important legume component in farming systems, which is important to improve soil fertility, enhance nutritional quality, and serve as a resilient driver in dryland and drought-prone environments.

An initiative of HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, the Amir of the State of Kuwait, the prize honours the late Dr Abdulrahman Al Sumait, a Kuwaiti doctor who dedicated his life to addressing the health challenges confronting Africa.