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.