The 2010 World Food Prize was awarded to Jo Luck, president of Heifer International, and David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. The international award recognizes the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.
As CEO of Heifer International from 1992 to 2009, Jo Luck expanded the organization’s scope and impact around the world in its programs to provide livestock and training to households in poor communities. In addition to increasing Heifer’s activities to promote sustainability, Jo Luck’s innovations allowed donors in resource-rich countries to be connected with recipients in developing countries. As a result, Heifer’s supporters grew more than tenfold in the past decade, enabling 1.5 million families to put nutritious food on their tables in 2009 alone.
Heifer International is also the first partner with Farm Journal in Farmers Feeding the World, a hunger and education effort through the newly established Farm Journal Foundation.
“It is a pleasure to be here at the World Food Prize and to personally congratulate Jo Luck for this honor,” says Andrew J. Weber, Jr., chairman of the Foundation. “The Farm Journal Foundation is both humbled and proud to be working with an organization whose leader won this international award.”
David Beckmann, also honored with the award, has increased Bread for the World’s membership to 72,500 in the past decade and engaged citizen advocates across the U.S. to call on their political leaders to support policy changes that focus on long-term solutions to hunger.
The prize was awarded annually during the three-day Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium and includes a $250,000 cash award. It recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply – food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences.