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World Food Prize

The World Food Prize is an international award recognising the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. It is notably sponsored by agricultural biotechnology companies. Since 1987, the prize has been awarded annually to recognise contributions in any field involved in the world food supply: food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership, and the social sciences. The World Food Prize Foundation is currently run by Kenneth M. Quinn, former U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia.

World Food Award Recipients So Far

2016Dr. Maria Andrade
Dr. Robert Mwanga
Dr. Jan Low
 Cape Verde
 United States
Developed the biofortified orange-fleshed sweet potato at the CGIAR International Potato Center
Dr. Howarth Bouis United StatesFounded HarvestPlus, a major NGO in the development of biofortified crops primarily use conventional breeding techniques.
2015Sir Fazle Hasan Abed BangladeshFounder of BRAC, the world's largest NGO, which is recognised for substantial work on reducing poverty in Bangladesh and 10 other countries
2014Dr Sanjaya Rajaram India
Developed 480 varieties of disease-resistant wheat
2013Dr Mary-Dell Chilton,
Dr Robert Fraley,
Dr Marc Van Montagu
 United States
 United States
Developed science of modern plant biotechnology supporting improved sustainability and global food security
2012Dr Daniel Hillel IsraelConceiving and implementing micro-irrigation in arid and dry land regions
2011John Agyekum Kufuor
Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva
Creating and implementing government policies to alleviate hunger and poverty in their countries
2010David Beckmann
Jo Luck
 United StatesBuilding Bread for the World and Heifer International into two of the world's foremost grassroots organisations leading the charge to end hunger and poverty around the globe.
2009Dr. Gebisa Ejeta EthiopiaDeveloping Africa's first sorghum hybrids resistant to drought and the parasitic witchweed.
2008Bob Dole
George McGovern
 United StatesLeading and encouraging a global commitment to school feeding, which has enhanced school attendance and nutrition for millions of the world's poorest children, especially young women and girls.
2007Dr Philip E. Nelson United StatesRevolutionizing food processing, packaging, transportation, and distribution by perfecting bulk aseptic packaging technology and spreading the technology worldwide.
2006Edson Lobato,
His Excellency Alysson Paolinelli,
Dr A. Colin McClung
 United States
Pioneering work in soil science and policy implementation that opened the vast Cerrado region of Brazil to agricultural and food production.
2005Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta IndiaDevelopment and dissemination of low-cost techniques for freshwater fish farming (using tilapia species) by the rural poor.
2004Prof. Yuan Longping ChinaDevelopment of hybrid rice varieties
Dr Monty Jones Sierra LeoneDevelopment of New Rice for Africa (NERICA), with the potential to increase rice yields in Africa.
2003Catherine Bertini United States /
 United Nations
Transforming the World Food Programme from a development assistance program to the largest and most effective humanitarian food relief organisation
2002Dr Pedro A. Sanchez United States /
Development of methods to restore fertility to degraded soils in Africa and South America.
2001Dr Per Pinstrup-Andersen DenmarkEstablishment of "Food For Education" programs in which families receive food subsidies when children stay in school.
2000Dr Evangelina Villegas,
Dr Surinder K. Vasal
Developing high-quality protein maize (QPM).
1999Dr Walter Plowright United KingdomDeveloping a vaccine against the cattle plague rinderpest.
1998Dr B. R. Barwale IndiaFounder of independent seed company Mahyco, strengthening seed supply and distribution throughout India.
1997Dr Ray F. Smith,
Dr Perry Adkisson
 United States
 United States
Developing the concept of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which employs various techniques to protect crops from insect damage in an environmentally sustainable manner.
1996Dr Henry Beachell,
Dr Gurdev Khush
 United States
Developing "miracle rice" varieties that doubled rice production in Asia since their development.
1995Dr Hans Rudolf Herren  SwitzerlandDeveloping a pest control program for the cassava mealybug, which could destroy African cassava crop.
1994Dr Muhammad Yunus BangladeshFounder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, developed innovative small loan programs for the poor, providing millions of people access to more food and better nutrition.
1993He Kang ChinaInitiation of reforms while head of the Ministry of Agriculture which made China self-sufficient for food production.
1992Dr Edward F. Knipling,
Raymond C. Bushland
 United States
 United States
Developing the sterile insect technique (SIT) to control insect parasites that harm the world's food supply.
1991Dr Nevin S. Scrimshaw United StatesHuman nutrition studies that led to the use of protein-rich food products to combat malnutrition in developing countries.
1990Dr John Niederhauser United StatesDiscovering a durable resistance to potato late blight.
1989Dr Verghese Kurien IndiaFounder of Operation Flood the largest agricultural development program in the world made the farmer the owner of his cooperative, cutting out middlemen. India emerged as the largest producer of milk in 1998 from milk scarcity when he started.
1988Dr Robert F. Chandler United StatesFounding leadership of the International Rice Research Institute and his dedication to developing tropical rice varieties that doubled and tripled the yields of traditional varieties.
1987Prof. M. S. Swaminathan IndiaIntroducing high-yielding wheat and rice varieties to India starting India's Green Revolution.

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