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University of Ghana Professor, Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, has won the 2018 World Agriculture Prize

October 30th, 2018 / Modern Ghana

University of Ghana Professor, Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, has won the 2018 World Agriculture Prize in China.
Prof. Danquah who is founding Director of the West Africa Center for Crop Improvement (WACCI) was awarded the prize for his significant contribution to the mission of the University of Ghana through education, research and …

What innovations in food production are likely to have significant Impact in the next decade?

January 10th, 2018 / The Borlaug Blog, World Food Prize

Dr. Robert Mwanga, 2016 World Food Prize Laureate, writes:
“Innovations in food production” is a broad topic. These innovations are diverse and hold immense potential in addressing hunger in the world, but the main critical factors to significantly impact planet earth in the next decade must be considered first. We must …

World Food Prize laureate: future of African youth lies in agriculture, not Europe

June 28th, 2017 /

Making agriculture profitable and “cool” for young people in Africa is key to lifting millions out of poverty and stemming migration to Europe, said the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Akinwumi Adesina was named the winner of this year’s World Food Prize on Monday for his decades-long work to …

Sweet potato Vitamin A research wins World Food Prize

October 17th, 2016 / BBC, UK

Four scientists have been awarded the 2016 World Food Prize for enriching sweet potatoes, which resulted in health benefits for millions of people.
They won the prize for the single most successful example of biofortification, resulting in Vitamin A-boosted crops.
Three of the 2016 laureates – Drs Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga and …

2016 World Food Prize goes to scientists who developed biofortified sweet potato

June 30th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

A handful of scientists, including Maria Andrade of Mozambique and Robert Mwanga of Uganda, have spent the last 15 years convincing Africans to swap white sweet potatoes for . . . orange sweet potatoes. . . .Those scientists are receiving the world’s most prestigious prize for agricultural research, the World …

Anti-poverty pioneer Sir Fazle Hasan Abed wins 2015 World Food Prize

July 6th, 2015 / BBC

The founding chairman of a leading rural development and anti-poverty organisation, based in Bangladesh, has won the 2015 World Food Prize. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed established Brac in 1972, which has since helped nearly 150 million people out of poverty. The judging panel recognised his lifetime commitment to empowering women …