Dr. Charity Mutegi is the 2013 winner of the 2013 Norman Borlaug Award for her field research and application. The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) scientist has won the global recognition for her role in combating aflatoxin contamination in maize through biological means. The Kenyan researcher is the co-ordinator of the Aflasafe project of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) – an intiative funded by the USAid and the Bill and Melinda gates Foundation- to develop a sustainanble solution for aflatoxin. She was selected from a group of more than 40 candidates.
This annual prize honours individuals under the age of 40 who make outstanding contributions to the quality or availability of food throughtout the world. She will be formally presented with the award in October, 2013 on the World Food Day in Des Moines, Iowa.
For more information on the World Food Prize, see http://www.worldfoodprize.org/