Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, a plant scientist whose research led to increasing the world's world wheat production by more than 200 million tons, was named the 2014 World Food Prize Laureate today.
Rajaram, who was born in India and is now a citizen of Mexico, succeeded Dr. Norman Borlaug in leading the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center's wheat breeding program. He developed 480 wheat varieties that have been released in 51 countries.
Before succeeding Borlaug, Rajaram worked closely with him. Borlaug, in a personal note in 2007, told Rajaram "You have developed into the greatest present-day wheat scientist in the world."
The announcement was made at a ceremony in Washington D.C. today, in which U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke.
"When you do the math, when our planet needs to support two billion more people in the next three decades, it's not hard to figure out: This is the time for a second green revolution," Kerry said. "That's why Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram is being honored with the World Food Prize."
The 2014 Laureate Award Ceremony will take place on Oct. 16 at the state capitol.
Officials also announced that the Borlaug Dialogue, which is held Oct. 15-17, in conjunction with the laureate ceremony, will have a strong focus on the question of how to feed the projected 2050 world population of 9 billion people.
Ernest Bai Koroma, president of Sierra Leone, will give the keynote address for the Borlaug Dialogue.
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