World Food Prize – UPSC Prelims

World Food Prize:
  • The World Food Prize is an international honour recognizing the achievements of individuals. Especially persons who have achieved human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.
  • Presented by: The award is presented by the World Food Prize Foundation.
  • Categories: The award recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply. This includes plant, animal and soil science; food science and technology; nutrition, rural development among others.
  • Eligibility: The prize is open to every individual without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs.
  • Significance of this award:
    • The award was conceived in 1987 by Dr Norman E. Borlaug. He was the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work in global agriculture. He is also known as the Father of the Green Revolution.
    • M.S. Swaminathan, the father of India’s green revolution was the first recipient of this award in 1987.
  • Why in News?
    • Dr Shakuntala Haraksingh, a global nutrition expert of Indian descent has won the prestigious 2021 World Food Prize. She was awarded for her research in developing holistic, nutrition-sensitive approaches to aquaculture and food systems.
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