World Food Prize Speakers

Posted 10/9/2019

World Food Prize speakers visit DMACC October 15th & 16th

Dr. Lawrence Haddad, a 2018 World Food Prize Laureate, will speak from 9:40 a.m. to 11:05 a.m., on Tues., Oct. 15th, in Bldg. #6 Auditorium on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. He will speak on “How the Private Sector can be a Bigger Part of the Solution When it Comes to Nourishing the World." A pioneer in food policy research, Dr. Haddad brought the issue of nutrition to the forefront by using both economic and medical research to convince development leaders to make child nutrition an urgent priority in the global food security agenda.

For a more extended biography on Dr. Haddad, click here.​

Dr. Hale Ann Tufan, the 2019 Norman Borlaug Field Award Winner, will speak from 10:10 a.m. to 11:05 a.m., Wed., Oct. 16th, in the Bldg. #6 Auditorium on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. The event is free and open to the public.  Her topic is "Gender Responsive Plant Breeding: Closing the Gap Between Genes and Gender."

Dr. Tufan is recognized for championing the incorporation of gender-supportive activities within the global agricultural research community. Throughout her career, Dr. Tufan has worked across all disciplines to ensure women farmers and scientists are fairly represented in the lab, in the field and at the table.

Dr. Tufan was born and raised in Turkey. She received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and chemistry from Colorado State University. She then returned to Istanbul to earn a master’s in molecular biology and genetics from Bogazici University. After receiving her Ph.D. in biology from John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK, she joined the CIMMYT International Winter Wheat Improvement Program in Turkey as an assistant wheat breeder.

In 2015, Tufan secured a five-year, $5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for her brainchild, Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT). Tufan’s GREAT is a training project that builds the capacity of agricultural scientists in sub-Saharan Africa to conduct research that takes into consideration socio-cultural contexts so as to better address the needs and circumstances of both men and women farmers.

Tufan knows that empowering women results in “more food on the plate,” as Dr. Norman Borlaug would have expressed it.

For more on Dr. Tufan, click here.​


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