List of World Food Prize Winner

World Food Prize
Awarded forOutstanding achievement in the advancement of human development through improved food quality, quantity, or availability
LocationDes Moines, Iowa, United States
Presented byWorld Food Prize Foundation, with various sponsor companies
First awarded1987
1987Prof. M. S. SwaminathanIndiaIntroducing high-yielding wheat and rice varieties to India starting India’s Green Revolution.
1988Dr Robert F. ChandlerUnited StatesFounding leadership of the International Rice Research Institute and his dedication to developing tropical rice varieties that doubled and tripled the yields of traditional varieties.
1989Dr Verghese KurienIndiaFounder of Operation Flood the largest agricultural development program in the world made the farmer the owner of his cooperative, cutting out middlemen. India emerged as the largest producer of milk in 1998 from milk scarcity when he started.
1990Dr John NiederhauserUnited StatesDiscovering a durable resistance to potato late blight.
1991Dr Nevin S. ScrimshawUnited StatesHuman nutrition studies that led to the use of protein-rich food products to combat malnutrition in developing countries.
1992Dr Edward F. Knipling, Raymond C. BushlandUnited StatesDeveloping the sterile insect technique (SIT) to control insect parasites that harm the world’s food supply.
1993He KangChinaInitiation of reforms while head of the Ministry of Agriculture which made China self-sufficient for food production.
1994Dr Muhammad YunusBangladeshFounder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, developed innovative small loan programs for the poor, providing millions of people access to more food and better nutrition.
1995Dr Hans Rudolf HerrenSwitzerlandDeveloping a pest control program for the cassava mealybug, which could destroy African cassava crop.
1996Dr Henry Beachell,
Dr Gurdev Khush
United States
Developing “miracle rice” varieties that doubled rice production in Asia since their development.
1997Dr Ray F. Smith,
Dr Perry Adkisson
United StatesDeveloping the concept of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which employs various techniques to protect crops from insect damage in an environmentally sustainable manner.
1998Dr B. R. BarwaleIndiaFounder of independent seed company Mahyco, strengthening seed supply and distribution throughout India.
1999Dr Walter PlowrightUnited KingdomDeveloping a vaccine against the cattle plague rinderpest.
2000Dr Evangelina Villegas,
Dr Surinder K. Vasal
Mexico IndiaDeveloping high quality protein maize (QPM).
2001Dr Per Pinstrup-AndersenDenmarkEstablishment of “Food For Education” programs in which families receive food subsidies when children stay in school.
2002Dr Pedro A. SanchezUnited States /
Development of methods to restore fertility to degraded soils in Africa and South America.
2003  Catherine BertiniUnited States / United NationsTransforming the World Food Programme from a development assistance program to the largest and most effective humanitarian food relief organization
2004Prof. Yuan LongpingChinaDevelopment of hybrid rice varieties
 Dr Monty JonesSierra LeoneDevelopment of New Rice for Africa (NERICA), with the potential to increase rice yields in Africa.
2005Dr Modadugu Vijay GuptaIndiaDevelopment and dissemination of low-cost techniques for freshwater fish farming (using tilapia species) by the rural poor.
2006Edson 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.
2007Dr Philip E. NelsonUnited StatesRevolutionizing food processing, packaging, transportation, and distribution by perfecting bulk aseptic packaging technology and spreading the technology worldwide.
2008Bob Dole
George McGovern
United StatesLeading 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.
2009Dr. Gebisa EjetaEthiopiaDeveloping Africa’s first sorghum hybrids resistant to drought and the parasitic witchweed.
2010David Beckmann
Jo Luck
United StatesBuilding 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.
2011John Agyekum Kufuor
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Creating and implementing government policies to alleviate hunger and poverty in their countries
2012Dr Daniel HillelIsraelConceiving and implementing micro-irrigation in arid and dry land regions
2013Dr Mary-Dell Chilton,
Dr Robert Fraley,
Dr Marc Van Montagu
United States
United States
Developed science of modern plant biotechnology supporting improved sustainability and global food security
2014Dr Sanjaya RajaramIndia
Developed 480 varieties of disease resistant wheat
2015Sir Fazle Hasan AbedBangladeshFounder of BRAC, the world’s largest NGO, which is recognized for substantial work on reducing poverty in Bangladesh and 10 other countries
2016Dr. Maria Andrade
Dr. Robert Mwanga
Dr. Jan Low
Cape Verde
United States
Developed the biofortified orange-fleshed sweet potato at the CGIAR International Potato Center
 Dr. Howarth BouisUnited StatesFounded HarvestPlus, a major NGO in the development of biofortified crops primarily use conventional breeding techniques.
2017Dr. Akinwumi AdesinaNigeriaInnovator in funding and financing of African agriculture
2018Dr. Lawrence Haddad Dr. David NabarroUnited Kingdom/South Africa United Kingdom/United NationsElevating maternal and child malnutrition to a central issue at national and international levels
2019Dr. Simon N. GrootNetherlandsFounder and honorary chairman of East-West Seed, his initiative over the past four decades has developed a dynamic, smallholder-centric tropical vegetable seed industry, starting in Southeast Asia and spreading through Asia, Africa and Latin America  
2020Dr. Rattan LalUnited States
For developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change[4] His research diverged from the conventional 1970s soil fertility strategy of heavy reliance on commercial fertilizers. His research led a better understanding of how no-till farming, cover crops, crop residues, mulching, and agroforestry can restore degraded soils, increasing organic matter by sequestering atmospheric carbon in the soil, and help combat rising carbon dioxide levels in the air.
2021Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh ThilstedDenmark
Trinidad and Tobago[
for her achievements in pioneering fish-based food systems to improve nutrition, health and livelihoods for millions around the world. Egypt
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