Latest headlines

World Food Prize honors breakthrough in wheat cultivation

June 20, 2014
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

World Food Prize honors breakthrough in wheat cultivationSanjaya Rajaram, of India and Mexico, was announced as the recipient of the 2014 World Food Prize for his efforts in breeding 480 varieties of wheat that are resistant to rust disease and grow in a variety of climates.

US Secretary of State John Kerry applauded Rajaram and called for a green revolution in light of the planet’s ever-expanding population.

“We are grateful for the hundreds of new species of wheat Dr. Rajaram developed, which deliver 200 million more tons of grain to global markets each year and feed millions across the world,” Kerry said.

The prize was created in 1987 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug to recognize achievements that advance human development by increasing the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

Rajaram worked closely with Borlaug in developing the wheat varieties, succeeding him as the head of the wheat breeding program at CIMMTY in Mexico.

The wheat varieties have been released in 51 countries on six continents and have been widely adopted by small and large-scale farmers. According to the award organizers, Rajaram’s crossing of winter and spring wheat varieties, which were distinct gene pools that had been isolated from one another for hundreds of years, led to his development of plants that have higher yields and dependability under a wide range of environments around the world.

“I felt highly honored to receive the news that the 2014 World Food Prize would be awarded to me, and through me, to hundreds and thousands of wheat researchers and farmers around the world,” Rajaram said.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

Recent Articles by Jeremy Gerrard

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts

Food Engineering

Food Engineering January 2015 Cover

2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

FSMA Audit

What is the is most important step you have taken to become ready for a FSMA audit?
View Results Poll Archive


Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


FE recent tweets

facebook_40.pngtwitter_40px.pngyoutube_40px.png linkedin_40px.pngGoogle +

Food Master

Food Engineering Food Master 2015Food Master 2015 is now available!

Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit to learn more.