SUN Lead Group member David Nabarro and SUN Executive Committee member Lawrence Haddad win 2018 World Food Prize
Dr. David Nabarro, SUN Lead Group member and Dr. Lawrence Haddad, SUN Executive Committee member, were announced today as the 2018 World Food Prize Laureates during a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Prize rewards their individual but complementary global leadership in elevating maternal and child undernutrition within the food security and development dialogue at national and international levels with the result of reducing the world’s number of stunted children by 10 million between 2012 and 2017.
The Prize was founded in 1986 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Norman E. Borlaug. It is the foremost international award recognizing achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.
In making the formal announcement World Food Prize President Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn said, “For their extraordinary intellectual and policy leadership in bringing maternal and child nutrition to the forefront of the global food security agenda and thereby significantly reducing childhood stunting, it is truly most fitting that Dr. Lawrence Haddad and Dr. David Nabarro join the list of illustrious scientists, policy officials and hunger fighters who have been named World Food Prize Laureates over the past 32 years.”
“Drs. Haddad and Nabarro have dedicated their careers to reducing hunger and malnutrition. Their work has deepened our understanding of nutrition’s impact not only on individual health, but on human capital and economic growth – compelling leaders in countries across the world to invest in evidence-based solutions”
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. David Nabarro
As head of the UN High Level Task Force on Global Food Security in 2008 to 2014 and Coordinator of the United Nation’s Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement in 2010 to 2014, Dr. Nabarro united 54 countries and one Indian state under the SUN Movement to implement evidence-based policies and fight child malnutrition in South Asia and Africa. Many participating countries reported a significant decline in the number of stunted children after adopting SUN guidelines. Dr. Nabarro continues to oversee SUN through his service on its advisory Lead Group.
A champion for evidence driven, collective action, Dr. Nabarro catalyzed progress in many SUN member countries as they developed comprehensive national nutrition plans. “Within the SUN Movement, leaders at national and local level demonstrate ways of working which encourage different stakeholders, sectors and disciplines to connect together and establish meaningful partnerships” said Dr. Nabarro. “They have shown how multi-stakeholder inter-disciplinary ways of working helps reduce levels of malnutrition and diet-related illness.”
“Great scientists like Dr. Norman Borlaug, and the Laureates he has supported, have always said that wisdom lies with the people,” said Dr. Nabarro. “As I react to the news of this wonderful award, I reflect on the many thousands of courageous women and men who are working at local level to ensure that the food that people eat is produced in ways that are well-functioning, sustainable and just. I am constantly grateful to them for sharing their expertise and experience with me”.
Follow Dr. Nabarro in Twitter @davidnabarro
Dr. Lawrence Haddad
A pioneer in food policy research, Dr. Haddad brought the issue of nutrition to the forefront by using both economic and medical research to convince development leaders to make child nutrition an urgent priority in the global food security agenda while serving as head of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in the United Kingdom from 2004 to 2014. From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Haddad prompted further investment in nutrition by co-chairing the Global Nutrition Report, an annual review of the state of the world’s progress on nutrition that encouraged greater transparency and accountability among more than 100 stakeholders who had pledged $23 billion to the fight against malnutrition. Dr. Haddad now serves as Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), where he continues to lead private and public sector partners in improving nutrition outcomes.
“I dedicate this World Food Prize to the leaders, scientists, and activists who are championing the principle that feeding the world is no longer enough—we must now nourish it,” Dr. Haddad said. “Good nutrition underpins individual health and national economic development. It reflects respect for human rights and a commitment to future generations. One in three people are malnourished, with no country exempt. Undernutrition — whether growth failure or micronutrient malnutrition — is falling too slowly and conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity are skyrocketing with poor diet at the core of these trends. That’s why the organization I lead, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), is striving to making nutritious and safe food more available, affordable and desirable for all — especially for the most vulnerable,” he said.
Follow Dr. Haddad in Twitter @l_haddad
The World Food Prize
Drs. Nabarro and Haddad will receive the World Food Prize at a ceremony in the Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines, Iowa, on the evening of October 18, 2018. The event is the centerpiece of the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, a three-day event which regularly draws over 1,200 people from 50 countries to discuss cutting-edge issues in global food security.
The WFP is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, the World Food Prize has honored 48 outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions throughout the world. The World Food Prize annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium and a variety of youth education programs to help further the discussion on cutting-edge global food security issues and inspire the next generation to end hunger.
Last year’s laureate was Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, member of the SUN Movement Lead Group.
• The World Food Prize 2018
• Prestigious World Food Prize awarded to Geneva-Based Food System and Nutrition Champions David Nabarro and Lawrence Haddad – 4SD press release
• Statement by David Nabarro on being joint recipient of the World Food Prize 2018
• The Man Who Nourished the World – Statement by Lawrence Haddad
• GAIN Executive Director Awarded World Food Prize – GAIN Alliance Press Release