World Food Prize

The World Food Prize is an international award recognizing 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 recognize contributions in any field involved in the world food supply: food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturingmarketingnutritioneconomicspoverty 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.

Award Recipients So Far
Year
Laureates
Nationality
Achievement
2015
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed
Bangladesh
Founder of BRAC, the world's largest NGO, which is recognized for substantial work on reducing poverty inBangladesh and 10 other countries
2014
Dr Sanjaya Rajaram
 India
 Mexico
Developed 480 varieties of disease resistant wheat
2013
Dr Mary-Dell Chilton,
Dr Robert Fraley,
Dr Marc Van Montagu
 United States
 United States
 Belgium
Developed science of modern plant biotechnology supporting improved sustainability and global food security
2012
Dr Daniel Hillel
 Israel
Conceiving and implementing micro-irrigation in arid and dry land regions
2011
John Agyekum Kufuor
Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva
 Ghana
 Brazil
Creating and implementing government policies to alleviate hunger and poverty in their countries
2010
David Beckmann
Jo Luck
 United States
Building Bread for the World and Heifer International into two of the world's foremost grassroots organizations leading the charge to end hunger and poverty around the globe.
2009
Gebisa Ejeta
 Ethiopia
Developing Africa's first sorghum hybrids resistant to drought and the parasitic witchweed.
2008
Bob Dole
George McGovern
 United States
Leading 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.
2007
Dr Philip E. Nelson
United States
Revolutionizing food processing, packaging, transportation, and distribution by perfecting bulk aseptic packaging technology and spreading the technology worldwide.
2006
Edson Lobato,
His Excellency Alysson Paolinelli,
Dr A. Colin McClung
Brazil
Brazil
United
States
Pioneering work in soil science and policy implementation that opened the vast Cerrado region of Brazil to agricultural and food production.
2005
Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta
 India
Development and dissemination of low-cost techniques for freshwater fish farming (using tilapia species) by the rural poor.
2004
Prof. Yuan Longping
 China
Development of hybrid rice varieties
Dr Monty Jones
 Sierra Leone
Development of New Rice for Africa (NERICA), with the potential to increase rice yields in Africa.
2003
Catherine Bertini
 United States /
 United Nations
Transforming the World Food Programme from a development assistance program to the largest and most effective humanitarian food relief organization
2002
Dr Pedro A. Sanchez
 United States /
 Cuba
Development of methods to restore fertility to degraded soils in Africa and South America.
2001
Dr Per Pinstrup-Andersen
 Denmark
Establishment of "Food For Education" programs in which   families receive food subsidies when children stay in school.
2000
Dr Evangelina Villegas,
Dr Surinder K. Vasal
 Mexico
 India
Developing high quality protein maize (QPM).
1999
Dr Walter Plowright
 United Kingdom
Developing a vaccine against the cattle plague rinderpest.
1998
Dr B. R. Barwale
 India
Founder of independent seed company Mahyco, strengthening seed supply and distribution throughout India.
1997
Dr 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.


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