Bhubaneswar: Dr. Swati Nayak, a young Odia scientist working at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) of New Delhi, has received the prestigious Norman Ernest Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application from the World Food Prize Foundation in Lowa City of US, a spokesperson said today.
Describing her as an ‘outstanding young scientist’, Dr. Swati got the award as third Indian and first Odia. She is the South Asia Lead for Seed System and Product Management at the premier institute.
The award recognises Dr. Swati for her innovative approach to engaging smallholder farmers in demand-driven rice seed systems, right from the testing and deployment to equitable access and adoption of climate-resilient and nutritious rice varieties, on platform ‘X’ the Foundation earlier said.
Worth mentioning, the coveted award is given to exceptional scientists aged under 40 and someone who works in the field of food, nutrition security, and hunger eradication, in memory of the Nobel Laureate and the chief architect of Green Revolution Dr Norman Ernest Borlaug from the US.