The Purdue University Distinguished Professor of Agronomy Dr. Gebisa Ejeta received 2009 World Food Prize on October 15 during a ceremony in the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines. The World Food Prize of $250,000 is given to those individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The World Food Prize Foundation does not consider the race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs of the individual.
Dr. Gebisa Ejeta:
- is from Ethiopia and was awarded for developing a drought and weed resistant variety of sorghum that is a staple food for 500 million people in Africa.
- received his bachelor degree in plant science in 1973 from Alemaya College in eastern Ethiopia.
- thereafter he received a Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics from Purdue University in 1978.
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