The World Food Prize Foundation

June 2016

Special Announcement: Iowa Hunger Directory in Transition

It is with mixed feelings that I must inform you that I will be resigning my position at the World Food Prize on Friday, July 22nd.

I am embarking on a PhD program in Sociology at Kansas State University this fall, where my research will focus on how the values, beliefs and norms of farmers and rural communities impact their decisions on the use and allocation of Ogallala aquifer groundwater for rural development. To keep in contact with me, please visit my LinkedIn page at:

My colleagues and I are working over the next four weeks on a transition plan for the Iowa Hunger Summit and Iowa Hunger Directory programs. We’re looking forward to introducing my successors in early July.

In the meantime, we encourage you to download and share our new June edition of the Iowa Hunger Directory as a print-friendly PDF or Excel file.

Thank you for all that you do,
Stephen Lauer

Iowa Hunger Directory now available for download as an Excel File

We are excited to announce that the Iowa Hunger Directory is now available for download as an excel file at We think that this new file format will further encourage networking and collaboration among Iowa's hunger-fighters.

We will continue to maintain a print-friendly PDF version of the Iowa Hunger Directory at The Excel and PDF versions are both current to the best of our knowledge as of today, June 29th, 2016.

To access the most current information, please visit the online directory at

Biofortification Pioneers Win 2016 World Food Prize For Fight Against Malnutrition

Drs. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, Jan Low and Howarth Bouis were announced yesterday as the 2016 World Food Prize Laureates during a ceremony at the U.S. State Department. The prize rewards their work in countering world hunger and malnutrition through biofortification, the process of breeding critical vitamins and micronutrients into staple crops.

Three of the 2016 laureates -- Dr. Maria Andrade, Dr. Robert Mwanga and Dr. Jan Low of the International Potato Center (CIP), which has had sweetpotato in its research mandate since 1988 -- are being honored for their work developing the single most successful example of biofortification -- the orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP). Dr. Andrade and Dr. Mwanga, plant scientists in Mozambique and Uganda, bred the Vitamin A-enriched OFSP using genetic material from CIP and other sources, while Dr. Low structured the nutrition studies and programs that convinced almost two million households in 10 separate African countries to plant, purchase and consume this nutritionally fortified food.

Dr. Howarth Bouis, the founder of HarvestPlus at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), over a 25-year period pioneered the implementation of a multi-institutional approach to biofortificatoin as a global plant breeding strategy. As a result of his leadership, crops such as iron and zinc fortified beans, rice, wheat and pearl millet, along with Vitamin A-enriched cassava, maize and OFSP are being tested or released in over 40 countries.

Thanks to the combined efforts of our four Laureates, over 10 million persons are now positively impacted by biofortified crops, with a potential of several hundred million more in the coming decades.

Drs. Andrade, Mwanga, Low and Bouis will receive the World Food Prize at a ceremony that will be held in the magnificent Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines, Iowa, on the evening of October 13, 2016. A full biography, photos and more information about the 2016 Laureates is available at

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