October is World Food Prize Month at William Penn University

William Penn University

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – William Penn University’s Health & Life Sciences Division welcomes all students, staff, faculty, and community members to attend the annual World Food Prize lecture on Wednesday, October 17, at 11:15 a.m. in the George Daily Auditorium. This year’s speaker is Dr. Howarth (“Howdy”) Bouis, the Founder and Director of the HarvestPlus Program.

About Howarth Bouis

Dr. Bouis is the Founder and Director of the HarvestPlus Program which is coordinated by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy research Institute (IFPRI). He began his work in the mid-1980s at the International Food and Policy Research Institute in Washington D.C. From there, Bouis’ interests shifted onto the diets of poor households and nutritional outcomes in Asia. He then created HarvestPlus in 2003 to improve nutrition and public health through the crop bio-fortification process. HarvestPlus is dedicated to promoting nutrient, health, and livelihoods by enriching staple food crops with micronutrients through that process.

Bouis received his BA in Economics from Stanford University, as well as his MA and PhD from Stanford’s Food Research Institute. He was offered a postdoctoral position in 1982 in the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division of IFPRI, where he then traveled to the Philippines for a two-year research project.

About the World Food Prize

Since 1986, the World Food Prize has been the leading international award to recognize outstanding individuals who have made substantial contributions to improve the quality, quantity, or availability of food throughout the world. It recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply including food and agricultural science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences. The World Food Prize emphasizes the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people. The World Food Prize was originally envisioned by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize, for his work in world agriculture. Beyond recognizing these recipients for their personal accomplishments, Borlaug saw the World Food Prize as a means of establishing role models who would inspire others.

Please join William Penn University’s Health & Life Sciences Division as it welcomes Dr. Howarth Bouis as the keynote speaker at the World Food Prize lecture on Wednesday, October 17, at 11:15 a.m. in the George Daily Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

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