Indian origin agriculture scientist based in Mexico Dr. Sanjay Rajaram has won the 2014 World Food Prize, announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry at an event held in Washington DC recently.
This is the 28th edition of the award which carries $ 2,50,000 cash prize too. The prize is given to individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Dr. Rajaram has invented more than 450 wheat varieties resulting in the addition of 200 million tons of food grains every year.
Announcing Dr. Rajaram’s selection, Secretary Kerry said, “When you do the math, when our planet needs to support two billion more people in the next three decades, it’s not hard to figure out: This is the time for a second green revolution. That’s why Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram is being honored with the World Food Prize. We are grateful for the hundreds of new species of wheat Dr. Rajaram developed, which deliver 200 million more tons of grain to global markets each year and feed millions across the world.”
Dr. Rajaram worked with the Nobel Prize winning scientist Norman Borlaug who revolutionized plant breeding and was one of the main causes of the green revolution. Dr. Borlaug himself had instituted this prize in the year 1986.
The prize awarding ceremony will take place in October at Iowa.