Nominated for his leadership role in convincing African leaders, decision makers and the international community that Africa has the ability and political will to find African solutions to Africa’s problems to reduce poverty through agricultural growth. He drove the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme. Professor Mkandawire’s continuing work has a far reaching impact that is already driving lasting change in many countries across the region. The quiet yet determined resolve of this highly respected Malawian agricultural economist has attracted considerable African and global attention to the development of African agriculture and raised much needed hope for Africa’s future. “The commitment shown by this individual of overcoming hunger and poverty in Africa is highly commended,” the judges said.