World Food Prize Speaker

October 16, 2019

This year's World Food Prize speaker is Dr. Howarth Bouis. He will be speaking on Thursday, October 17, 2019 in the Speed Lyceum from 11:00 am – noon. His presentation is entitled, “The Public Health Crisis of Mineral and Vitamin Deficiencies in Developing Countries:  Agriculture’s Primary Role to Provide Nutritious Diets for National Health."

As director of HarvestPlus (2003-2016), Howarth Bouis coordinated an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional effort to develop, test, and disseminate micronutrient-rich staple food crops to reduce mineral and vitamin deficiencies among malnourished populations in developing countries. Since 1993, he has sought to promote biofortification globally.  In 2016, Bouis was awarded the World Food Prize, in recognition of the accomplishments of the HarvestPlus team.

Dr. Bouis received his B.A. in economics from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University’s Food Research Institute, a program in agricultural economics.   His past research at the International Food Policy Research Institute (he joined IFPRI in 1982 as post-doctoral fellow) focused on how economic factors affect food demand and nutrition outcomes. 

During 2018 and until June 30, 2019, Dr. Bouis served as the interim CEO of HarvestPlus.  He now resides in the Philippines, working for HarvestPlus as Founding Director, and is an Institute Fellow of IFPRI.   In addition, he chairs the Board of Trustees of the Micronutrient Forum.  In 2017, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, by the University of Greenwich.

Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Bouis worked for three years (1972-75) as a volunteer in the Philippines with Volunteers in Asia.