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 the renowned African Green Revolution Forum in Maputo, Mozambique. Aflatoxin, a naturally occurring mold, is a major concern for farmers and consumers worldwide; it is toxic to people who consume it either directly through contaminated grain, or through milk or meat if livestock have been fed contaminated grain. It is one of the most carcinogenic substances known.