Dr. Jan Low, Dr. Robert Mwanga, Dr. Howarth Bouis and Dr. Maria Andrade. Photo: World Food Prize



In 2016, four CGIAR scientists were awarded the prestigious World Food Prize for their fight against malnutrition. These biofortification pioneers were recognized for having improved the health of 10 million rural poor in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

CGIAR scientists Dr. Maria Andrade of Cape Verde, Dr. Robert Mwanga of Uganda, and Dr. Jan Low of the United States – all from the International Potato Center, the lead center of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas – and Dr. Howarth Bouis, the founder of HarvestPlus at the International Food Policy Research Institute, were awarded the prize for their work to implement biofortification as an agricultural and food- based approach to increasing vitamins and minerals in staple crops through conventional breeding methods. Their groundbreaking work, which integrated scientific breeding, extension training, nutrition education and marketing, has reduced malnutrition and improved health by introducing critical micronutrients into the diets of millions of rural poor in the developing world.

Through the combined efforts of these four Laureates, more than 10 million people have now been positively impacted by biofortified crops, with the potential for several hundred million more to have their health and nutrition enhanced in the coming decades. As such, the CGIAR scientists were considered truly worthy to be named as recipients of the award that Norman Borlaug created 30 years ago, and which is widely seen as the ‘Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture’.

“The impact of the work of all four winners will be felt around the globe, but particularly in Sub- Saharan Africa.”

Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn
President, World Food Prize Foundation

A family enjoys a meal of biofortified orange-fleshed sweetpotato in Kenya. Photo: Helen Keller International