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Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro Recipients of 2018 World Food Prize


Dr. Lawrence Haddad and Dr. David Nabarro were designated as the 2018 World Food Prize Laureates in a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The World Food Prize is the most prestigious global award for individuals whose achievements have alleviated hunger and promoted global food security

In making the announcement, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation stated “Like Dr. Norman Borlaug before them, Drs. Haddad and Nabarro have dedicated their careers to reducing hunger and malnutrition.” Gates added “Their work has deepened our understanding of nutrition’s impact not only on individual health, but on human capital and economic growth – compelling leaders in countries across the world to invest in evidence-based solutions.”

The announcement ceremony was attended by Ted McKinney, USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Bill Northey, USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation, Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the World Food Prize and Manisha Singh, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs.

Dr. Haddad
Dr. Haddad  is a pioneer in food policy research and was head of the Institute of Development Studies in the U.K. from 2004 to 2014. He co-chaired the Global Nutrition Report in 2016 and was instrumental in convincing 100 stakeholders to pledge $23 million to fight malnutrition. He is currently the Executive Director of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.

Dr. David Nabarro was head of the United Nations High-Level Task Force on Global Food Security from 2008 to 2014 and the coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement thereafter.


Drs. Haddad and Nabarro will jointly receive their World Food Prize awards at a ceremony in the Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines, IA on October 18th. This event will conclude the three-day Borlaug Dialog International Symposium bringing together 1,200 scientists, agricultural economists and public sector administrators from 50 nations to discuss issues of global food security.

Dr. David Nabarro of the UN