The honors keep growing for Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources.
Lal—winner of the prestigious Japan Prize in 2019 and the World Agriculture Prize and Glinka World Soil Prize in 2018—in June received the 2020 World Food Prize.
The award, its website says, recognizes “the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.” It is presented annually by the Iowa-based World Food Prize Foundation.
“Every year we are astounded by the quality of nominations for the prize, but Dr. Lal’s stellar work on management and conservation of agriculture’s most cherished natural resource, the soil, set him apart,” said Gebisa Ejeta, chair of the award’s selection committee and a 2009 recipient of the award.
“The impact of his research and advocacy on sustainability of agriculture and the environment cannot be overstressed,” Ejeta said.
Lal, who is the founder and director of CFAES’ Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, is the first Ohio State faculty member to receive the honor. He is donating the $250,000 award money to be used for future soil research and education.