Yet another major award for Rattan Lal

CFAES researcher Rattan Lal poses in his lab

CFAES researcher Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, was announced on June 11 as the recipient of the 2020 World Food Prize. Lal earned the award, which is presented by the Iowa-based World Food Prize Foundation, for his efforts to increase the global food supply by helping small farmers improve their soil.  

“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 award selection committee and the award’s 2009 recipient.

“The impact of his research and advocacy on sustainability of agriculture and the environment cannot be overstressed,” Ejeta said.

Lal, among his recognitions, received the Japan Prize in 2019 and the World Agriculture Prize and Glinka World Soil Prize in 2018.

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