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Maternal, child nutrition leaders
honored with World Food Prize
WASHINGTON - Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro on June 25
were recognized as 2018 World Food
Prize Laureates during a ceremony at
the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Haddad and Dr. Nabarro were
rewarded for 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.
"Like Dr. Norman Borlaug before
them, Drs. Haddad and Nabarro have
dedicated their careers to reducing
hunger and malnutrition," said Bill
Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation. "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."
The World Food Prize is considered one of the most prominent
global awards for individuals whose
breakthrough achievements alleviate
hunger and promote global food security. This year's $250,000 prize will
be divided equally between the two
On hand at the Laureate Announcement Ceremony were several
presenters from the U.S. government,
including Ted McKinney, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs; Bill Northey, U.S.D.A.
Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation; Kenneth M.
Quinn, president of the World Food
Prize; and Manisha Singh, assistant
secretary of state for Economic and
Business Affairs.
"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," Mr.
Quinn said.
A pioneer in food policy research,
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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 (I.D.S.) in the
United Kingdom from 2004 to 2014,
according to the World Food Prize.
In 2007, he and I.D.S. were commissioned by Save the Children to evaluate the Department for International
Development and the European
Commission on this commitment to
improving nutrition.
From 2014 to 2016, he continued
his work 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 currently Haddad
is 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, is striving to making nutritious and safe food more available, affordable and desirable for all - especially for the most vulnerable."
Dr. Nabarro, a champion of public
health in the United Nations, was directly responsible for uniting 54 countries and one Indian state under the
Scaling Up Nutrition Movement (SUN)
to join forces and implement evidencebased policies and programs, according to the World Food Prize.
He was head of the U.N. High Level Task Force on Global Food Security
in 2008 to 2014 and coordinator of
SUN from 2010 to 2014. In these twin
roles, Dr. Nabarro was able to bring
together a broad group of stakeholders around nutrition
and food security at
the national, regional
and global levels that
included the leaders of
dozens of countries suffering from high rates
of malnutrition, the Nabarro
heads of U.N. agencies,
representatives from donor groups
and members of civil society organizations. Dr. Nabarro retired from the
U.N. in June 2017, but continues to
oversee SUN through his service on
its advisory Lead Group.
"Great scientists like Dr. Norman
Borlaug, and the Laureates that he
supported, have always said that
wisdom lies with the people," Dr. Nabarro said. "As I receive this wonderful award, I reflect on the thousands
of courageous women and men who
are working at local level for food
systems that are well-functioning and
just. They have the wisdom needed
to reduce levels of malnutrition or
diet-related illness. They can devise
food systems that benefit people and
the planet and that contribute to the
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They are the transformation
leaders of the future."
Dr. Haddad and Dr. Nabarro will
receive the World Food Prize at a
ceremony in the Iowa State Capitol
building in Des Moines, Iowa, on the
evening of Oct. 18. The event is the
centerpiece of the Borlaug Dialogue
International Symposium, a threeday event that regularly draws over
1,200 people from 50 countries to
discuss cutting-edge issues in global
food security. MBN /

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