The World Food Prize 2019 to Simon N. Groot – The ‘Nobel Prize of Agriculture’

East-West Seed (Hai Mui Ten Do)

On 10 June 2019, at 9.30 am local time in Washington DC, the US State Department hosted the official announcement of the World Food Prize Laureate for 2019. The USD250,000 prize was given to our founder Simon N. Groot (SNG); a dream-like recognition for his role in changing the lives of millions of farmers.

The World Food Prize (WFP) is the best possible recognition for​agricultural scientists working to end hunger and improve the food supply​; to our world it is what the Oscars are to the film industry or the Nobel Prize is to the fields of chemistry, literature, medicine, economics and peace.

Simon N. Groot – World Food Prize Laureate 2019

SNG now joins the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, alongside ​48 other giants of food & agriculture​ who have won the prize since it began in 1987. The award made special mention that SNG and East-West Seed have together played a truly empowering role in taking smallholders from subsistence farmers to profitable business people.

To achieve this required (and still requires today) vision, persistence and creativity from SNG and everyone at EWS. These same attributes are often associated with Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, an agricultural scientist and Nobel Prize winner from the United States who created the World Food Prize in 1987.

Borlaug is considered “the father of the Green Revolution” and is credited with saving over a billion people worldwide from starvation – thanks to the hybridization of wheat. It is clear that both Dr Borlaug and SNG share an inspiring vision and dedication to feeding the world.