The World Food Prize recognizes Drs. Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro as World Food Prize Laureates for their work heightening child and maternal nutrition to a critical priority in the international development dialogue.
The 2018 Laureates’ research improves nutrition for children and pregnant women in developing countries. Focusing on the critical first 1,000 days of life, Haddad and Nabarro’s research helps ensure children avoid physical and mental stunting, gaining the ability to fulfill their potential.
The prize honors “their relentless advocacy and leadership, which, between 2012 and 2017, reduced the number of stunted children in the world by 10 million,” says Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation.
Haddad used economic and medical research to raise child nutrition to a status of critical importance in global food security efforts. Currently the Executive Director at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Haddad helps generate solutions to increase worldwide access to nutritious, safe, and affordable food.
Nabarro, previously coordinator of the United Nation’s Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement between 2010 and 2014, led a global effort joining 54 countries and one Indian state to implement policies and programs that fight child malnutrition in South Asia and Africa. Nabarro continues to oversee SUN on its advisory lead group.
Haddad and Nabarro will receive the prize at the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa on October 18, 2018. The World Food Prize recognizes exceptional achievement at any point along the food system to improve the quality, quantity, or availability of food around the world. Started by agricultural scientist Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, the global prize includes a USD$250,000 award.