Why you should care about the World Food Prize

By Brandie Piper

Published Oct. 14, 2015 on Discover.Monsanto.com.

This week scientists, academics, government officials and non-governmental organization representatives will gather in Des Moines, Iowa to honor the 2015 World Food Prize winner,Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. Established in 1986 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, the World Food Prize is often called the “Nobel Prize for food and agriculture.”

Borlaug wanted to recognize individuals who make contributions that positively affect the global food supply. Over the years, World Food Prize laureates from around the world have been honored for improving the quality and quantity of available food, including Monsanto’s Chief Technology Officer Dr. Robert Fraley, who was awarded the prize in 2013for his work in founding, developing, and applying modern agricultural biotechnology to help farmers have better harvests around the world.

The World Food Prize ceremony is part of a series of events focused on improving food security. Experts will meet for several panel discussions on topics ranging from inspiring young women to pursue careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to food security in Ebola-affected countries… [continue reading]

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