(KMAland) – The 2021 World Food Prize winner is a nutritionist known for her groundbreaking research on aquaculture and food systems.

During a live virtual ceremony Tuesday morning, World Food Prize Foundation President Barbara Stinson announced that she had received the prestigious $ 250,000 World Food Prize in 2021.

“I am very pleased to announce that the winner of the 2021 World Food Prize is Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted from Denmark and Trinidad Tobago,” said Stinson. “DR. It is the seventh woman to be awarded the World Food Prize and the first woman with an Asian heritage.”

Often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture”, the World Food Prize is the world’s most significant award for a person who has fostered human development and countered global hunger by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food for all.

Dr. Thilsted told the audience that fish and aquatic foods provide life-changing opportunities to millions of vulnerable women, children and men to be healthy and well-nourished.

“It is a great honor to receive this award and I am deeply humble to be placed in such distinguished ranks as the previous winners,” said Dr. Thilsted. “As a scientist, I consider this award an important recognition of the essential but often overlooked role of fish and aquatic food systems in agricultural research for development.”

By bringing together interdisciplinary and international employees, Dr. Thilsted drove changes in aquatic food systems to provide improved nutrition, resilient ecosystems and livelihoods for millions of vulnerable people around the world.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and UN Food Chairman Naoko Yamamoto made special individual comments during the announcement on Tuesday.

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