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Tue 19 Jul 2005

2005 World Food Prize - Modadugu V. Gupta

Category : science

"Indian fish-farm researcher nets World Food Prize." By James Njoroge. SciDev.Net, 19 Jul 2005. Gupta's research focussed on improving rural livelihoods by farming freshwater fish.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug set up the World Food Prize in 1986. Each year, it honours individuals who have made "vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food throughout the world".

Modadugu V. Gupta, who recently retired from the Malaysia–based WorldFish Centre, spent more than 30 years researching ways of making fish farming a sustainable contributor to rural livelihoods.

He has won the 2005 World Food Prize for his efforts to introduce fish farming to poor communities across Asia and parts of Africa

Announcing the US$250,000 award on 13 June, Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, said that thanks to Gupta's efforts, more than one million Asian farmers had improved their family's nutrition and wellbeing

Gupta focused on making it possible for poor farmers to raise fish in freshwater ponds with a minimum of inputs. He showed how farm waste such as weeds or grass could be used in place of costly fish feed and encouraged farmers to alternate agriculture and fish farming on seasonally flooded land.

According to Quinn, Gupta's efforts brought "the Blue Revolution to those most in need" and led to freshwater fish production increasing by 3-5 times in some developing countries.'

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