World Food Prize 2018 awarded to Lawrence Haddad and Dr. David Nabarro

The World Food Prize 2018 was awarded to Lawrence Haddad and Dr. David Nabarro for their individual but complementary global leadership in elevating maternal and child undernutrition within food security. The World Food Prize is most prominent global award for individuals whose breakthrough achievements alleviate hunger and promote global food security. This year’s $250,000 prize will be divided equally between two recipients.

Key Facts

Lawrence Haddad is British economist and food policy researcher and Dr. David Nabarro has worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations (UN) on health and hunger issues. Both have dedicated their careers to reducing hunger and malnutrition. Their work has deepened understanding of nutrition’s impact on individual health and also on human capital and economic growth – compelling world leaders to invest in evidence-based solutions. Their work has resulted in reducing world’s number of stunted children by 10 million between 2012 and 2017.

World Food Prize

The prize recognizes achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. It was conceived in 1986 by Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug (considered as father of the Green Revolution).

The prize is annual award carrying monetary award of $250,000. The prize emphasizes importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people and is considered as means of establishing role models who would inspire others.

Since its formation, 7 Indians have won it. They are Dr Sanjaya Rajaram (2014), Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta (2005), Dr Surinder K. Vasal (2000), Dr B. R. Barwale (1998), Dr Gurdev Khush (1996), Dr Verghese Kurien (1989) and Prof. M. S. Swaminathan (1987, he was first recipient of the prize).

Monsoon Session of Parliament to begin from July 18, 2018

The Monsoon Session of Parliament will be held from July 18 to August 10, 2018. It will span over 24 days and  will have 18 sittings. It was formally announced by Cabinet Committee of Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The CCPA recommendation now sets in summoning motion process of President Ram Nath Kovind for formally convening the session.

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The legislative business of Monsoon Session, 2018 will include passing of six Ordinances promulgated during the inter-session period before the session. Government is going to introduce bills including Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Third Amendment) Bill, 2017 that seeks to accord constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC), Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, National Medical Commission Bill, 2017, Rights of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017 for consideration and passing in both Houses of Parliament. Moreover, the election to post of Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha will also be held during the session as term of PJ Kurien ends in June 2018.