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Kenneth M. Quinn: 30 Heroes for 30 Years of the World Food Prize

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As the World Food Prize turns 30 in 2016, Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation selects 30 hunger-fighting heroes to celebrate the milestone.

 

 

 

 

 


borlaug1. Norman Borlaug, founder of the World Food Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate dedicated his life’s work to improving agriculture through research and development to address world hunger. His pioneering wheat varieties developed during the 1940s and 50s paved the way for the “Green Revolution”. Read more >>

 


2. John Ruan Sr, Chairman Emeritus of the World Food Prize Foundationjohn-ruan

John Ruan built up an extensive network of businesses from Des Moines in his native Iowa, including The Ruan Companies and Ruan Transportation Management Systems. Internationally, Mr Ruan founded the Iowa Export-Import Trading Company, which reached 50 countries. Read more >>


3. M. S. Swaminathan, first World Food Prize Laureateswaminathan

Following in the footsteps of Norman Borlaug, Dr. Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan was the first recipient of the World Food Prize in 1987 for his part in the introduction of high-yielding wheat and rice varieties to India’s farmers. Dr Swaminathan is ranked alongside his mentor as one of the leaders of the “Green Revolution”. Read more >>


4. Evangelina Villegas, first female laureate of the World Food Prizeev

Born in Mexico City in 1924, Dr Villegas broke ground both as a woman and as a chemist and researcher at the forefront of her field, becoming the first female laureate of the World Food Prize in 2000. Her work with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) was recognised as contributing to an improved diet of children in Ethiopia thanks to the creation of quality protein maize (QPM). Read more >>


john-denver5. John Denver, musician and humanitarian

An internationally acclaimed musician, John Denver was also one of the five founders of The Hunger Project, an organisation devoted to finding solutions to chronic hunger. He received the presidential “World Without Hunger Award” from President Ronald Reagan. Read more >>

 


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6. Catherine Bertini, UN World Food Prize Laureate

Catherine Bertini was considered the driving force behind reform of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) from 1992 to 2002, and used the proceeds of her 2003 World Food Prize award to establish the Catherine Bertini Trust Fund for Girls’ Education at the Friends of the World Food Program. Read more >>


7. CorazoPHILIPPINES-CORAZON AQUINO-2n Aquino, former president of the Philippines 

The late former president of the Philippines advocated for those less fortunate throughout her life, and helped raise the profile of the World Food Prize when she publicly congratulated the first Laureate, Dr M. S. Swaminathan. She later accepted an invitation to join the WFP’s Council of Advisors, lending greater prestige to the organisation. Read more >>


8 & 9. Ray Bushland and Ed Knipling, World Food Prize Laureates who eliminated screwworm
Drs Bushland and Knipling received the World Food Prize in 1992 in recognition of their Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), an environmentally friendly way to control insects that prey on livestock and crops. The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), which involves breeding and releasing sterilised male insects to eradicate pest populations, was credited with eliminating screwworm and more recently inspired similar work to control the mosquito responsible for spreading Zika virus. Read more >>

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yuan10. Yuan Longping, greatest living plant scientist 

Dubbed the “father of hybrid rice”, Dr Longping’s work on high yielding rice varieties helped reverse China’s food deficit to food security within three years. He shared the 2004 World Food Prize with Dr Monty Jones, an African rice breeder, and for the past five years, Dr Longping has welcomed interns from the World Food Prize Youth Institute at his center. Read more >>


11. Gebisa Ejeta, developer of drought-resistant sorghumejeta

Dr Gebisa Ejeta has crossed new frontiers in both his personal and professional life after overcoming poverty in Ethiopia to develop sorghum hybrids that withstood drought to improve the food supply of millions in sub-Sahara Africa. Dr Ejeta received the World Food Prize in 2009 and has inspired a generation of agricultural scientists in Africa. Read more >>



plowright12. Walter Plowright, World Food Prize Laureate who eliminated rinderpest

Since the decline of the Roman Empire, the virus responsible for rinderpest has been devastating livestock until Dr Plowright developed the tissue culture rinderpest vaccine (TCRV), a key victory in the fight to eliminate the pest. Dr Plowright received the World Food Prize in 1999. Read more >>


13. Pedro Sanchez, soil fertility expertsanchez

Dr Pedro Sanchez was awarded the World Food Prize in recognition of his contribution to preserving the delicate ecosystem thanks to his work on soil fertility. A Cuban national, Dr Sanchez was inspired by the country’s tropical red soil and has repeatedly challenged the perception that such land is useless for agricultural production. Read more >>


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14. Daniel Hillel, micro-irrigation pioneer

Dr Daniel Hillel’s new techniques for bringing water to crops transformed food production in Israel, earning him the 2012 World Food Prize. His work, knowing as “micro-irrigation”, maximised water use and helped increase crop yields while minimising environmental degradation. Read more >>


15. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC, world’s largest NGOSir Fazle Hasan Abed

Since founding the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee in 1972, Sir Fazle Abed has turned the NGO into the biggest and most effective anti-poverty organisation in the world. Now known as BRAC, it has helped 150 million people improve their lives in his native Bangladesh and 10 other countries. Read more >>


herren16. Hans Herren, laureate responsible for controlling mealybug

Dr Herren confronted an unprecedented pest crisis when he arrived in Africa aged 31 but within 10 years, he almost single-handedly developed a technique to control mealybug, an insect that was threatening cassava production and bringing the possibility of widespread hunger. Read more >>


17. Jo Luck, former CEO of Heifer Internationaljo-luck

Under Jo Luck’s leadership, Heifer International became one of the most distinguished hunger-fighting not-for-profit organisations in the world. The 2010 World Food Prize laureate added to the “Passing on the Gift” tradition with a “Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development” model of community development. Read more >>


18, 19 & 20 Van Montagu, Chilton and Fraley, pioneers of modern agricultural biotechnology

Joint recipients of the 2013 World Food Prize, Drs Marc Van Montagu of Belgium, and
Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert T. Fraley from the US were recognised for their individual achievements in agricultural biotechnology. Their innovations paved the way for improved crop yields with better disease and pest resistance, and tolerance for extreme climate variations. Read more >>

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dr-rajaram-hol-2221. Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, Borlaug successor

Dr Rajaram, Indian born and citizen of Mexico, succeeded Dr Borlaug in leading the CIMMYT’s wheat breeding program, developing a remarkable 480 wheat varieties. He received the 2014 World Food Prize for his contribution to increasing world wheat production by more than 200 million tons. Read more >>


22. Ronnie Coffman, leading agronomist IF

A member of the World Food Prize’s Council of Advisors, Dr Coffman has a distinguished record in plant breeding and agronomy. Upholding the legacy of Dr Borlaug, Dr Coffman serves as Vice Chair of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative, and received the American Society of Agronomy’s (ASA) International Service in Agronomy Award in 2005. Read more >>


23, 24 & 25. Monty Jones, Maria Andrade and Robert Mwanga, proponents of African science

Drs Maria Andrade and Robert Mwanga, developers of the orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP), together with distinguished rice breeder Dr Monty Jones, are among the most preeminent African agriculture scientists. Dr Andrade and Dr Mwanga were among the recipients of the 2016 World Food Prize. Read more >> 

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bill-gates26. Bill Gates, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates, founder of the largest private foundation in the world, announced his ambitions to bring the Green Revolution to Africa at the Borlaug Dialogue symposium just a month after Dr Borlaug passed away in 2009. Since his first speech on global agriculture, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated substantially to Borlaug scholars programmes. Read more >>


27 & 28 George McGovern and Robert Dole, former Senators committed to school feeding

Former US Senators George McGovern and Robert Dole received the 2008 World Food Prize for their joint leadership in tackling hunger among schoolchildren. Their collaboration helped reform the Food Stamp Program in the 1970s while their continued campaigning eventually saw the establishment of a permanent international school feeding program. Read more >>

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29 & 30. Ryoichi and Yohei Sasakawa, leading hunger fighters

Ryoichi Sasakawa, the late chairman of The Nippon Foundation, was one of the first international leaders to take on the 1980s hunger crisis in Africa, working with Dr Borlaug to establish the Sasakawa Africa Association in 1986. His son and successor, Yohei, received the Dr Norman E Borlaug Medallion in recognition of his work bringing the Green Revolution to Africa. Read more >>

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Video: In Conversation with a Female Food Hero

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“Mama Shujaa wa Chakula” is unlike any reality show you have seen before. Translated from Swahili as “Female Food Hero” the show run by Oxfam searches for a different kind of superstar – one that can feed her village.

With the aim of helping rural women overcome the disadvantages they face when running farms – from lack of access to finance, equipment and land – the show sees 19 competitors participate in farming challenges. During the process, they also get expert training on leadership and finance, and the chance to share their techniques with each other.

In the latest season, Bahati Muriga Jacob won the grand prize of 5 million Tanzanian shillings, plus 20 million shillings’ worth of farm equipment. We met her at the World Food Prize, and found out what she had to say about life as a female farmer in Tanzania.

Catch all the episodes of Mama Shujaa wa Chakula on YouTube. For more video interviews from Farming First, visit our YouTube channel.

Biofortification Pioneers Win World Food Prize 2016

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Drs. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, Jan Low and Howarth Bouis have been announced as the 2016 winners of the World Food Prize, the most prominent global award for individuals whose breakthrough achievements alleviate hunger and promote global food security. The $250,000 prize rewards their work in countering world hunger and malnutrition through biofortification, the process of breeding critical vitamins and micronutrients into staple crops. Continue reading

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Borlaug Dialogue

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12th – 14th October 2016

Des Moines, Iowa

The Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium, known informally as the “Borlaug Dialogue,” each year brings together over 1,200 people from more than 65 countries to address cutting-edge issues related to global food security and nutrition. The three-day conference convenes a wide array of scientific experts, policy leaders, business executives and farmers and has been called “the premier conference in the world on global agriculture.” Through the Borlaug Dialogue, the World Food Prize Foundation helps build alliances in the struggle against world hunger and malnutrition.

The Borlaug Dialogue occurs each October on or around World Food Day in conjunction with the awarding of the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. Additional events surrounding the conference include the Global Youth Institute, which aims to inspire the next generation of scientific and humanitarian leaders; the Iowa Hunger Summit, a free, grassroots event for regional hunger-fighting organizations; and several side events held by partner organizations

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Video: In Conversation with Howard G. Buffett

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“We’ve neglected a lot of agriculture in a lot of parts of the world”, Howard G. Buffett told Farming First TV, at the 2015 Borlaug Dialogue in Iowa. Rural farmers, he believes, can be the solution to food security. Using the example of the United States, and how it invested heavily in its rural areas to become the powerful economy it is today, Mr. Buffett pointed out that the barriers to successful development in many regions lie in poor rural infrastructure. Continue reading

Video: H.E. Joyce Banda Speaks to Farming First TV

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For the Former President of Malawi, agriculture is the one sector that can transform African economies. But it relies on leadership to make this happen she told Farming First TV. This leadership should not only come in the form of politicians, she tells us, but traditional leaders at a local level as well.

Citing the success of the input subsidies in Malawi in 2004, she comments: “In a country that is traditional, like Malawi, whatever (traditional leaders) say at the grassroots, is what will happen.”  Continue reading