The 2020 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, introduced on Friday, has a longstanding working relationship with Mississippi State College.
The World Meals Program, a United Nations company, works to offer meals for undernourished populations, notably in international locations at struggle. The MSU Workplace of Public Affairs issued a congratulatory assertion from college president Mark Keenum in a Saturday press launch.
“Addressing starvation and selling meals safety is vital to facilitating peace and stability internationally,” Keenum mentioned. “That’s the reason organizations just like the World Meals Program are so necessary to making sure a peaceable future, and why I’ve made international meals safety a focus of our analysis and outreach efforts at MSU. Feeding a rising international inhabitants is a large problem, and this Nobel Peace Prize underscores the necessity to proceed our function within the international struggle towards starvation.”
The continuing COVID-19 pandemic might convey the variety of individuals going through “acute meals insecurity” as much as 265 million worldwide, in line with an April press launch from WFP.
MSU and WFP have labored collectively since 2010 “on points associated to meals security and diet,” MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter mentioned. The 2 entities signed an settlement in 2014 to concentrate on “cooperative efforts in areas resembling diet, meals security, and meals product growth,” in line with the press launch.
Keenum and two different MSU leaders — Provost David Shaw and Interim Vice President for Analysis Julie Jordan — with U.N. leaders in Rome in November 2019 to debate options to international meals insecurity.
MSU invests $105 million, the eleventh-most nationwide, in agricultural sciences analysis and growth, in line with the Nationwide Science Basis.
MSU is also the headquarters and main establishment within the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish, an aquaculture analysis group funded by the U.S. Company for Worldwide Growth. The lab focuses on constructing sustainable fish farming techniques in international locations around the globe to alleviate meals insecurity.
Keenum is the chairman of each the Board for Worldwide Meals and Agricultural Growth (BIFAD), an advisory board to the US Company for Worldwide Growth, and the U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Basis for Meals and Agricultural Analysis. Earlier than changing into MSU’s president in 2009, Keenum was a USDA undersecretary answerable for overseeing worldwide initiatives to fight world starvation.
He wrote a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee in January 2016 nominating WFP for that 12 months’s Nobel Peace Prize. Within the letter, which Salter supplied to The Dispatch, Keenum identified WFP’s work to offer “tens of millions of wholesome college meals and supplementary diet” to kids affected by nutrient deficiencies “in essentially the most destitute elements of the world.”
“All of us, and notably the developed international locations, have an ethical obligation to deal with the persistent human tragedy of starvation and its related ills,” Keenum wrote. “We should additionally acknowledge that lasting peace amongst and inside nations is probably going not possible whereas massive populations stay vulnerable to hunger.”
WFP supplied dietary help to almost 100 million individuals in 88 international locations in 2019, with a few of its largest efforts centered on Yemen and South Sudan. Based in 1961, the group has helped populations affected by a spread of humanitarian crises, together with the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia and wars within the Balkan area of Jap Europe within the Nineties.