WorldFish Center Scientist Wins 2005
World Food Prize: Research effort brings "Blue
Revolution" to Poor People
Modadugu V. Gupta, a fisheries scientist from India, won
the 2005 World Food Prize. He was cited for "Providing
enhanced nutrition to millions of the poor around the globe through
his work at The WorldFish Center," and for "Pioneering
breeding of carp and other pond fish adaptable to a variety of
different environments in rural areas, from Bangladesh to the
Mekong Basin countries, thereby helping millions of small-holder
farmers gain access to innovative aquaculture techniques in
Southeast Asia and beyond."
"Fish is food for millions of poor people in developing
countries and a vital source of protein," said Ian Johnson,
CGIAR Chairman and World Bank Vice President for Sustainable
Development. "Dr. Gupta's remarkable research achievements
demonstrate how science-based solutions can benefit poor
"Winning the World Food Prize is an honor not only to me
but to the WorldFish Center," said the winner, with typical
modesty, adding "I am thankful to the many people who
supported me in the countries where I have worked."
In a career spanning 15 years, Dr. Gupta's research efforts
led to the development of low-input, low-cost aquaculture
technologies that allow poor farmers to integrate fish-growing in
their activities, a "Blue Revolution" that is increasing
the incomes and nutritional well-being of millions of poor farming
families in Asia. Fish harvests have increased three to five-fold
in Bangladesh, Laos, and other countries in Southeast Asia.
"We are truly delighted that Dr Gupta's lifelong
dedication and commitment to making a difference in the lives of
poor people has been recognized," said Stephen Hall, Director
General, WorldFish Center. "This award is a testament to the
pivotal role that fisheries and aquaculture can play in improving
the lives of poor people."
The announcement was made June 10 in the ornate Benjamin
Franklin Room of the U.S. Department of State by Ambassador Kenneth
Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation.
The $250,000 will be presented to the winner on October 13, 2005
in Des Moines, Iowa, USA The World Food Prize honors outstanding
individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the
quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. Dr.
Gupta is the eleventh CGIAR scientist to have won this coveted
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