Leading climatologist, agronomist and former farmer Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig has been named the 2022 World Food Prize Laureate for her work understanding and predicting the impact of climate change on food production. Her data and research is used by decision-makers around the world. As part of the honor, the World Food Prize Foundation is awarding Rosenzweig with $250,000.
Rosenzweig founded the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project, a global network of climate and food system modelers. AgMIP is dedicated to improving predictions of agricultural and food systems in the face of climate change. Her leadership of AgMIP has directly helped decision-makers in more than 90 countries enhance their resilience to climate change.
Barbara Stinson, President of the World Food Prize Foundation, announced the 2022 Laureate during a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Department of State. Rosenzweig will officially receive the World Food Prize in October.
“Dr. Rosenzweig has brought powerful computational tools into practical application in agriculture and food systems,” says Stinson. “Her work has shaped our understanding of the relationship between food systems and climate change. She advanced the use of multiple models and created networks of scientists to use them. These innovations have contributed to many countries’ ability to respond effectively to the crisis we face in climate change.”
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack also congratulated Rosenzweig on receiving this honor during remarks at the recent ceremony.
“I am honored to receive the World Food Prize this year, as food systems are emerging at the forefront of climate change action,” says Rosenzweig. “As we move into a crucial decade of action on climate change, food needs to be ‘at the table.’”
Learn more about Dr. Rosenzweigs work and the World Food Prize award.
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