The World Food Prize Foundation

Nutrition-Sensitive Food Systems


October 22, 2021
9 a.m. CDT - 10:15 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Actors at different levels need to work together to improve access to and affordability of healthier foods, ideally including locally produced fruits and vegetables. Blue foods and aquatic food systems play a vital role in achieving good nutrition and health, especially for women and children. Strengthening community engagement and fostering greater government accountability and transparency has been shown to improve access to healthier foods. These and other strategies will be explored by esteemed Roundtable experts.

Shawn Baker

Chief Nutritionist, USAID

Shawn K. Baker serves as the Chief Nutritionist for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In this position, he chairs the Agency’s Nutrition Leadership Council, oversees the vision and strategy of the Agency’s Center for Nutrition in the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, and coordinates related efforts across... [ View ]

Gina Gutiérrez

Dairy Farmer (Mexico), Global Farmer Network

Gina is a 5th generation dairy farmer. Her family farm is in central Mexico, and currently milks 460 cows, and has 420 calves and heifers. The farm is 53 hectares with 40 hectares in crops that go into silage for the cattle. She works with her father, a veterinarian; and... [ View ]

Lawrence Haddad

2018 World Food Prize Laureate; Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Dr. Lawrence Haddad became GAIN’s Executive Director in October 2016. Prior to joining, he was the founding co-chair and lead author of the Global Nutrition Report (GNR). From 2004-2014 Lawrence was the Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the world’s leading development studies institute, and prior to that,... [ View ]

Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted

2021 Laureate, World Food Prize, Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health, WorldFish

Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, native of Trinidad and Tobago and a citizen of Denmark, will receive the 2021 World Food Prize for her groundbreaking research, critical insights and landmark innovations in developing holistic, nutrition-sensitive approaches to aquaculture and food systems. By bringing together interdisciplinary and international collaborators, she drove transformations... [ View ]

A.G. Kawamura

Co-Chair, Solutions From the Land

A.G. Kawamura is a third generation produce grower and shipper from Orange County, California. From 2003 to 2010 he was the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. He is founding co-chair of Solutions from the Land (SFL), a nationally recognized non-profit that is developing innovative and sustainable... [ View ]

Onyaole Patience Koku

Chief Executive Officer, Replenish Farms, Ltd.

Onyaole Patience Koku was named 2018 Farmer of the Year by the Cornell Alliance for Science. She is a member of the Global Farmer Network, 2019 Kleckner Award recipient, 2021 GIZ African Women in Agribusiness award for COVID-19 Resilience. She serves on the advisory board of the Cornell Alliance for Science and is... [ View ]

Rattan Lal

2020 World Food Prize Laureate, Professor, The Ohio State University

Rattan Lal, Ph.D., is the 2020 World Food Prize Laureate and a Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, The Ohio State University, and an Adjunct Professor of University of Iceland. He was President of the World Association of Soil and Water... [ View ]

Jennifer Sorenson

President, National Pork Producers Council

Jen is the President of the National Pork Producers Council. She chairs the NPB/NPPC We Care Task Force, chairs the NPPC Ag Labor Task Force and serves on the IPPA Issues Management Task Force, IPPA Public Relations Committee and NPPC Budget Committee. The National Pork Producers Council works to ensure... [ View ]

Naoko Yamamoto

Chair, UN Nutrition

Dr Naoko Yamamoto is WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Universal Health Coverage - Healthier Populations. Previously, she also held the role of WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Universal Health Coverage and Health Systems. Dr Yamamoto brings nearly 30 years of experience working on health. She served as Senior Assistant Minister for Global... [ View ]

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