Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted is a global nutrition expert of Indian descent who has recently won the prestigious 2021 World Food Prize.
- She was awarded this prestigious award for her groundbreaking research in developing holistic, nutrition-sensitive approaches to aquaculture and food systems.
- Her research on small native fish species in Bangladesh led to the development of nutrition-sensitive approaches to aquatic food systems at all levels, from the farm to food processing to final consumers, resulting in improved diets for millions of the most vulnerable people in Asia and Africa.
About Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted:
- She is a resident of Denmark and was born in Trinidad and Tobago.
- She was born in 1949 in the Caribbean island of Trinidad in the small village of Reform.
- Most of the inhabitants, including her family, were descendants of Indian Hindu migrants brought to Trinidad to engage in agricultural labour.
- She is currently serving an the Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health at World Fish – a global CGIAR ( formerly Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) centre headquartered in Malasia.
- She was the first to establish that the commonly consumed small fisher were an important source of micronutrients and fatty acids.
About the Award:
The award is also referred to as the Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture.
It is an 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 World Food Prize was created in 1986 by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug with the sponsorship by general Food Corporation.
The award carries a cash prize of 250,000 USD (around Rs. 1.8 crore)
World Food foundation:
- The World Food Prize Foundation is currently run by Barbara Stinson.
- It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, United States.
The winner for the 2020 world Food Prize was an Indian-American Soil scientist Rattan Lal.