PM Meles wins Norwegian prize dedicated to Africa

PM Meles wins Norwegian prize dedicated to Africa ( July 21 ,2005)

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been named the winner of a Norwegian 200,000 USD prize that promotes U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annans call for a green revolution in Africa .

The Prize committee said that Prime Minister will receive the first Yara Prize for his contribution to improved food security and human nutrition in ways that also protect the environment.

He has brought about political change in Ethiopia, and placed the rural poor first in the country’s development strategies, the citation said.

It said the award was created this year by Oslo-based agriculture group, Yara International ASA to honor individuals or organizations who reduce poverty and hunger in Africa through sustainable projects.

It will be presented by Jeffrey Sachs a top economic adviser to Annan, at an award ceremony in Oslo on September three .

The prize committee noted that Ethiopia, one of the worlds poorest countries, has doubled its food production and achieved an annual growth rate of 5.8 per cent of gross domestic product, despite severe droughts in 1998 and 2001 .