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2020 Live with the Laureate




Digital Dialogue: Live with the Laureate (immediately following official Laureate Announcement)

June 11, 2020 | Time: 10:00AM Eastern Time / 16:00PM European Standard Time / 17:00PM East Africa Time / 19:30PM Indian Standard Time / 22:00PM China Standard Time

As previously announced, the official World Food Prize Laureate Announcement will take place on June 11, 2020 at 10:00AM Eastern Time. 

Immediately following the Announcement, join us for our third Digital Dialogue, featuring our 2020 World Food Prize Laureate. Tune in with Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, Chair of the World Food Prize Laureate Selection Committee and 2009 World Food Prize Laureate, as we conduct a 30-minute conversation live with the Laureate. 


Gebisa Ejeta - Chair, World Food Prize Laureate Selection Committee; 2009 World Food Prize Laureate

Dr. Gebisa Ejeta is a Distinguished Professor of Agronomy at Purdue University. He received the 2009 World Food Prize for his sorghum hybrids that are resistant to drought and the devastating weed, Striga. His work dramatically increased the production and availability of the food supply for hundreds of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. Combined with his persistent efforts to foster economic development and the empowerment of subsistence farmers through the creation of agricultural enterprises in rural Africa, he has had profound impacts on lives and livelihoods on a broader scale across the African continent. 

Dr. Rattan Lal - 2020 World Food Prize Laureate 

Dr. Rattan Lal, native of India and a citizen of the United States, will receive the 2020 World Food Prize for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that restores and conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change.

Over his career spanning more than five decades and four continents, Dr. Lal has promoted innovative soil-saving techniques benefiting the livelihoods of more than 500 million smallholder farmers, improving the food and nutritional security of more than two billion people and saving hundreds of millions of hectares of natural tropical ecosystems.


Host: Barbara Stinson - President, World Food Prize Foundation

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