Simon N. Groot (84) was the first Dutchman to receive the World Food Prize on 18 October in Iowa. The prize, which was awarded for the 34th time this year, went to plant breeder Groot for his successful commitment to offer millions of small farmers in more than 60 countries a better economic perspective. By significantly improving local small-scale vegetable cultivation, he and his company East-West Seed not only increased income for small farmers, but also ensured that millions of consumers could benefit from better access to vegetables for a healthier diet with more nutrients .
The award of the World Food Prize, also known as the "Nobel Prize in Food and Agriculture," was already announced on June 10 by US Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mike Pompeo. Last night, the prize, with a cash prize of $ 250,000, was handed over to Simon Groot during the Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium (Burlaug Dialogue) in Des Moines, Iowa. Here 1,200 experts from more than 65 countries discuss the most important developments in the field of food safety, availability and nutrition.
Through the Borlaug Dialogue, the World Food Prize Foundation helps to create alliances in the fight against world hunger and malnutrition.
This year's theme, & #8220; Pax Agricultura: Peace Through Agriculture & #8221;, examines increasingly closely related developments in the areas of food security, conflict and development. With topics ranging from religion, diplomacy and climate to scientific innovation and entrepreneurship, the Dialogue offers the opportunity to take stock of the current state of affairs in global agriculture and food safety.
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Prof. Dr. Ir. Louise O. Fresco
One of the guest speakers at this symposium was Prof. dr. Dr. Ir. Louise O. Fresco, Chairman of the Executive Board of Wageningen University and Research. She spoke about topics like & #8220; Getting to Zero Hunger: Research for Resiliency & #8221 ;. Regarding the award of the prize to Simon Groot, she says: & #8220; I am proud that our scientific research has also contributed to the great success of tropical vegetable growing. Cooperation between all parties is the strength of the Dutch approach. Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug is said to have shared Simon Groot's conviction that food security is not just about calories, but also about nutrients that are in good vegetables, such as vitamins and minerals. ”
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The World Food Prize is the most important international award for those people who have made exceptional achievements to improve the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, the World Food Prize has honored 49 outstanding people who have made significant contributions worldwide. http://worldfoodprize.org