2021 Recipient of the Borlaug Field Award introduced!
Dr. Elliott Dossou-Yovo, a scientist and agriculture specialist who has spearheaded modern water administration techniques for resilient rice manufacturing, has as we speak been introduced because the 2021 Recipient of the Norman E. Borlaug Award for Field Analysis and Software.
Dr. Dossou-Yovo’s ground-breaking analysis and shut collaboration with smallholder farmers has empowered 1000’s of rice farmers all through West Africa to make use of climate-smart cultivation methods to earn higher incomes, obtain meals and vitamin safety, and improve agroecosystems. Dossou-Yovo is Affiliate Principal Scientist and Agriculture and Local weather Change Specialist at AfricaRice Heart in Côte d’Ivoire.
Established in 2011 with an endowment by The Rockefeller Basis, the Borlaug Field Award is introduced yearly to a younger scientist underneath the age of 40 who finest emulates the traits demonstrated by Dr. Borlaug whereas creating miracle wheat in Mexico.
“I am truly honored to be selected as the tenth recipient of the Borlaug Field Award, named after the great agricultural scientist and World Food Prize founder, Norman Borlaug,” stated Dossou-Yovo. “I was inspired by his credo, ‘take it to the farmer.’ Agriculture is the wisest investment we can make since it will ultimately contribute the most to real wealth, morality and satisfaction. Now more than ever, our collective actions are required.”
Though Dossou-Yovo’s journey at AfricaRice began after the civil unrest in Côte d’Ivoire underneath strained assets, he continued in his analysis and excelled, changing into the designated lead of climate-related analysis on the Heart. At AfricaRice, he centered on the advance of water administration and improvement of rice-based agricultural meals techniques in Africa. He initiated the widespread adoption of “Smart-Valleys,” with the intention of bettering water management and additional extending rice-based farming techniques. This low-cost, modern strategy decreased the affect of drought on rice crops, which led to elevated manufacturing of rice and farmers’ incomes and strengthened meals safety.
President of the World Meals Prize Basis, Barbara Stinson, stated, “This year we honor an exceptional African scientist who truly understands and has harnessed the innovative spirit of smallholder farmers in West Africa.His work with rice farmers to co-design and implement solutions for water scarcity has given many communities the tools they need to meet the challenges of climate change and thrive. We are honored to have him as the tenth anniversary recipient of the Borlaug Field Award.”
Dossou-Yovo’s dedication to analysis, environment friendly undertaking administration and efficient communication has led to the scaling of his work all through sub-Saharan Africa. He developed coaching manuals and e-learning instruments, offered on-the-job coaching, and arranged subject days and workshops for hands-on capacity-building of 1000’s of smallholder farmers and different stakeholders with Sensible-Valleys and plenty of different necessary improvements. He then used the outcomes of those actions to additional enhance the techniques and methods to finest meet the wants of farmers.
As a younger and skillful scientist, Dossou-Yovo has initiated collaborations with CGIAR centres, the World Financial institution, universities, improvement businesses reminiscent of Rikolto, non-public business and different organizations in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo and Tanzania. His capacity to push by way of all challenges has led to the development of his mission in reaching measurable and significant affect in farming communities.
The Borlaug Field Award Announcement recording is obtainable on the World Meals Prize Basis’s YouTube.