Rattan Lal was born and raised in India.
The World Food Prize is an international award established in 1986 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug. This award aims to recognize achievements in the field of food production. Any innovation intended to inspire sustainability and improve the quality, quantity and availability of food available to humanity is considered suitable for the prize. The official website states that the World Food Award is given to, “The achievement of specific, very significant individuals, who advance human development by increasing quantity, quality, availability, or access to real food through creative intervention.” The year 2020 witnessed a $ 250,000 prize given to Dr. Rattan Lal, a scientist born and raised in India and currently a citizen of the United States.
– World Food Prize (@WorldFoodPrize) June 11, 2020
(Also read: Indian-born scientist wins 2014 World Food Prize)
Lal is a professor of Soil Science at the University Ohio State University. He completed his PhD on the ground in 1968 from the same university. Before that, Dr. Rattan Lal was in India for M.Sc from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute and B.Sc. in agriculture from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Interestingly, Lal is the second alumni from PAU to receive the World Food Prize award after Dr. Gurdev Singh Khush in 1996. Other Indian figures who had previously received awards included Dr. Verghese Kurien in 1989, known as the man. behind the Indian milk revolution; and the developer of rice and wheat superior varieties (HYV) seeds, MS Swaminathan, in 1987.
It’s laudable that five decades of Dr. Rattan Lal has been recognized in the World Food Award, otherwise known as the ‘Nobel Prize in Agriculture’. Dr. Lal is about developing a land-centered approach to increasing food production while conserving natural resources and fighting such crimes climate change. “World land must be part of any agenda to tackle climate change, as well as food and water security,” Lal believes. According to reports, Dr. Lal’s model shows that restoring soil health can produce many benefits by 2100. These models can more than double the annual annual grain yield to feed the growing world population, while reducing the area of land under grain cultivation by 30 percent and decreases in total fertilizer use half.
Winner of the 2020 World Food Award Dr. Rattan Lal, spoke about the history of the agricultural revolution & how population growth since 1947 affected food production in India. He congratulated farmers, research scientists & policy makers on their contribution to the production of food grains. pic.twitter.com/icCfUWrm20
– Namami Times | #IndiaFightsCorona (@cleanganganmcg) July 8, 2020
We hope to see more Indians who make a global impact in the future and make this country proud. Eradication starving while tackling climate change is a necessity now. Citing Dr. Rattan Lal – “As long as you consume natural resources – food, water, elements – that come from the soil, you owe it to the land to return something, to return something, whatever you can.”
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