Biological Control Scientist Named 1995 World Food Prize Laureate

The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. This year's winner, Dr. Hans Herren, is a Swiss entomologist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He developed a classical biological control program that stopped cassava mealybug from completely devastating the cassava crop in sub-Saharan Africa by introducing a parasitic wasp found in Paraguay, consequently saving 200 million people from famine. Dr. Herren accepted the $200,000 cash prize at a ceremony in New York in mid October.

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