Academic Affairs

World Food Prize Lecture – Philip Nelson

Philip Nelson at Central College, on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Philip NelsonPhilip E. Nelson of Purdue University revolutionized the food industry by developing innovative technologies for large-scale “aseptic” packaging, storage, and transportation of fresh fruit juices and vegetables. His bulk sterile processing has reduced losses to spoilage and provided millions of people around the world access to fresh, nutritious food. Nelson, recognized as the leader of modern food science and technology, saw the untapped potential of aseptic technologies for large-scale applications. He went on to develop bulk processing and packaging technology, which can be found in almost every country in the world.

The World Food Prize

The World Food Prize was created in 1986 by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Norman Borlaug. It is the foremost international award recognizing individuals whose achievements have advanced human development by increasing the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The World Food Prize also annually hosts the Norman Borlaug International Symposium, known as the “Borlaug Dialogue.”

As we celebrate the 32nd Anniversary of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug establishing the World Food Prize, our 2018 conference will convene a fantastic array of international leaders, policy makers, farmers, executives from agribusiness and non-governmental organizations, and scientific, academic and development experts to address the most critical issues facing global food security.

2018 World Food Prize Laureate

Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro

The 2018 World Food Prize Laureates are Dr. Lawrence Haddad of the United Kingdom and South Africa and Dr. David Nabarro of the United Kingdom and the United Nations. They are being honored for their individual and complementary global leadership in elevating maternal and child undernutrition to the forefront of food security and development dialogue at national and international levels.