2012: Per Pinstrup-Andersen

Per Pinstrup-Andersen is a Danish economist and policy-maker who won the 2001 World Food Prize for having personally initiated the research effort which enabled several governments to reform their food subsidy programs and dramatically increase food availability to the severely impoverished. This research laid the foundation for the establishment of “Food for Education” programs, in which families receive food subsidies when their children stay in school. Driven by a deep desire to alleviate the suffering of malnourished and starving children, Dr. Pinstrup-Andersen initiated a global effort to uplift those most at risk by formulating IFPRI’s 2020 Vision Initiative, which helped reverse the trend of decreasing global developmental assistance, and led contributed to significant decreases in hunger and poverty levels in many countries.

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