The World Food Prize Foundation

She Who Provides

March 24, 2022 | 8 - 9:30 AM Central Daylight Time

The shocks and disruption to our food systems and agri-value chains from conflict, climate change and epidemiological disasters, such as the COVID19 pandemic, are rippling throughout the world. These shocks are occurring in the midst of an accelerating climate crisis that is impacting every country on every continent without exception, and our international and local food production systems. Recent events demonstrate that global supply chains are intrinsically interlinked and the impact of individual events quickly cascade around the world at high speed with rising food and energy prices. Whether the shock is a war, flood, famine or drought, women are disproportionately impacted and food insecurity increases. These short-term and long-term consequences must be mitigated with viable solutions to empower women’s production capacity and purchasing power to ensure food security for all.


Maria Andrade

2016 World Food Prize Laureate & Leader for Sweet Potato Breeding in Africa, CIP

To counter the devastating effects of Vitamin A deficiency, which contribute to high rates of blindness, diarrhea, immune system disorders, and premature death in children and pregnant women in Africa, Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, and Jan Low undertook a multi-year effort to develop disease-resistant, drought-tolerant, high yielding varieties of orange-fleshed... [ View ]

Charity Kawira Mutegi

2013 Borlaug Field Award Recipient and Food Scientist / Technical Lead, Rootooba

Dr. Charity Kawira Mutegi was named the 2013 recipient of the "Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation." At the request of the World Food Prize Foundation, which administers the award, Mamadou Biteye, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Managing Director for Africa, made the announcement during... [ View ]

Rattan Lal

2020 World Food Prize Laureate & Distinguished University Soil Science Professor, The Ohio State Uni

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... [ View ]

Moderator - Hilary Barry

Founder and Secretary General, LadyAgri Impact Investment Hub

Hilary Barry is founder and Secretary General of the LadyAgri Impact Investment Hub. She is Irish. Since her first experience in Ghana in 1993, she has dedicated her career to the design and implementation of social impact programs across Africa, Caribbean and Pacific states. She holds an MsC in Cooperatives,... [ View ]

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