Winner of the 2016 World Food Prize, Dr Howarth Bouis, will be at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus this week to talk about his role in reducing global hunger and malnutrition through breeding nutrient-enriched crops.
Known as the “Nobel Prize” for Agriculture and Nutrition, the World Food Prize is the most prominent global award recognising individuals whose breakthrough achievements alleviate hunger and promote global food security.
Over 25 years, Dr Bouis pioneered the implementation of a multi-institutional approach to ‘biofortifcation’ 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 orange sweet potato are being tested or release in over 40 countries.
Dr Bouis is Director and Founder of HarvestPlus, which continues to develop and promote biofortified staple crops and provide global leadership on biofortifcation.
HarvestPlus has roots at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus. One of the co-founders of the organisation was Professor Robin Graham, who led the University’s Plant Nutrition Group and Waite Analytical Services, renowned globally for quality micronutrient analyses.
Fellow HarvestPlus founder Dr Ross Welch, from Cornell University who is a US Department of Agriculture Scientist of the Year, will also be at the Waite campus seminar, along with Australian research collaborators.
WHAT: Biofortification – Nutrition for the World. Free public seminar
WHERE: Charles Hawker Conference Centre, Waite campus, Waite Road, Urrbrae
WHEN: 1.30-5.00pm, Friday 19 August
COST: Free – but please register here.
More information: www.thewaite.org/event/biofortification-seminar/