The International Business Awards, now in their 18th year, reward outstanding companies and highlight their positive contributions throughout the world. The African Development Bank (AfDB) received a gold Stevie award in the publishing category for its 2019 Annual Report, as well as a bronze Stevie award for the report’s supporting video, released in 2020.
The African Development Bank earned a gold Stevie award at the virtual event in appreciation of the institution’s digital campaign highlighting it’s Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) programme.
The International Business Awards honored the AfDB in the Best Video: Documentary category during an online event last week. The wheat compact film from TAAT was the first in a series of movies demonstrating how the program is creating agricultural innovations to assist 11 million smallholder farmers across 30 African countries in increasing productivity and adapting to climate change.
Dr Beth Dunford, vice president for agriculture, human and social development at the AfDB stated that the gold Stevie award reinforces the AfDB’s commitment to balancing the storyline about the continent by sharing success stories about efforts to feed Africa and raise the standard of living for the people of Africa.
“We’re extending TAAT through our new ‘Mission 1 For 200’ financial facility, which aims to generate $1 billion to feed 200 million Africans by 2025 – there’s more to tell,” Dunford said.
The bank launched the TAAT video series in April at the 2021 High-Level Dialogue on Feeding Africa which drew over a handful heads of state, global leaders and hundreds of online participants.
More than 3 700 submissions were received from 65 countries for the 2021 International Business Awards, the world’s first all-encompassing business awards competition. The virtual awards on Wednesday coincided with the conclusion of the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit, which examined the worldwide crisis of malnutrition.
“As world leaders return from the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit invigorated to accelerate progress on malnutrition eradication, we share this distinction with our TAAT implementing and regional member nation government partners striving to eradicate malnutrition and produce more nutritious – foods,” said Martin Fregene, the AfDB’s director for agriculture and agro-industry.
Stevie award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 260 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from June through early August.
The average scores of more than 260 executives from across the world who participated in the judging process from June to early August were used to identify Stevie award winners. Google, IBM, Yapi Kredi, DHL Express Worldwide, Dubai Municipality and Tata Consultancy Services are among the other prize winners this year.