World Food Prize 2019 goes to Mr. Simon Groot ( Dutch Vegetable Breeder)

Seed breeder Simon Groot, the 2019 winner of the World Food Prize, in a photograph supplied by the prize's organisers on June 10, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation / World Food Prize

Simon Groot of the Netherlands is the founder and leader of East-West Seed and has helped small farmers in 60 countries learn how to expand and improve their vegetable gardens.

“Groot in effect developed a stunningly impactful global network of seed producers who are transforming the lives of 20 million farmers every year.” Groot says small scale vegetable farming is a great way to grow rural income and employment and improve nutrition at the same time.

The prize was founded in 1986 by 1970 Nobel Prize winner and Iowa native Norman Borlaug to recognize outstanding contributions in agriculture. The award carries a $250,000 prize and the formal award will be made at a ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines on October 17th.

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