"Science is meaningless if it doesn't serve humanity." Dr. Rattan Lal, native of India and a citizen of the United States, will receive the 2020 World Food Prize for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that restores and conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change.
Over his career spanning more than five decades and four continents, Dr. Lal has promoted innovative soil-saving techniques benefiting the livelihoods of more than 500 million smallholder farmers, improving the food and nutritional security of more than two billion people and saving hundreds of millions of hectares of natural tropical ecosystems.
The World Food Prize is also called the Nobelprize for food and agriculture and is awarded annually since 1987. Last year, the Dutch Simon N. Groot, founder of East-West seed won the award.
Read more about Dr. Lal on the website of The World Food Prize.
Wageningen Youth Institute
The Wageningen Youth Institute challenges high schools students by an extended essay competition to find a solutions for the world food issue. The Youth Institute is a part of Wageningen University & Research and The World Food Prize Foundation.