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Pioneering agricultural methods earn Rattan Lal 2020 World Food Prize

Rattan Lal has been awarded the 2020 World Food PrizeThe Ohio State University soil scientist Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, has been awarded the 2020 World Food Prize for his pioneering work to reduce hunger and promote sustainability. Over five decades and spanning five continents, Lal has reduced hunger through innovative agricultural methods across the globe that not only restore degraded soil but also reduce global warming.

“Every year we are astounded by the quality of nominations for the Prize, but Dr. Lal’s stellar work on management and conservation of agriculture’s most cherished natural resource, the soil, set him apart,” said Gebisa Ejeta, chair of the World Food Prize Selection Committee and 2009 recipient of the award.

“I am absolutely thrilled to learn that Distinguished University Professor and Ohio State alumnus Dr. Rattan Lal has received the World Food Prize,” said President Michael V. Drake. “This tremendous honor is fitting recognition for the many ways he has uplifted people and communities around the world throughout his extraordinary career as a scientist, advocate and educator.”

Read more about how Lal's pioneering agricultural methods have reduced global hungerpioneering agricultural methods have reduced global hunger.