On 9 January Ernst van den Ende will talk with 2019 World Food Prize winner and founder of East West Seed: Simon Groot. Afterwards there is sufficient time for discussion.
Through enhanced vegetable production, Groot provided greater access to nutritious vegetables for healthy diets for hundreds of millions of consumers. In addition, it empowered millions of smallholder farmers in over 60 countries to earn greater incomes. Groot has led the transition of subsistence farmers, many of them women, to horticulture entrepreneurs. This greatly enhanced their livelihoods and income.
About the world food prize
The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving 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 individuals who have made vital contributions throughout the world. The World Food Prize annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium and a variety of youth education programs to help further the discussion on cutting-edge global food security issues and inspire the next generation to end hunger.