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Ghana's Kufuor and Brazil's Lula awarded 2011 World Food Prize

15 october 2011, 11:57
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Iowa State Capitol
Iowa State Capitol
The 25th anniversary of WFP
The 25th anniversary of WFP
Orchestra meets guests
Orchestra meets guests
Photo by Dana Mukhamedzhan
Photo by Dana Mukhamedzhan
Lula was met by Brazilians arrived for the ceremony
Lula was met by Brazilians arrived for the ceremony
About 1000 guests gathered at the ceremony
About 1000 guests gathered at the ceremony
Former presidents Kufuor and Lula
Former presidents Kufuor and Lula
The Tokyo String Quartet
The Tokyo String Quartet
Former president of Ghana John Agyekum Kufuor and former president of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have been awarded the 2011 World Food Prize. About 1000 people gathered for the ceremony held in Iowa State Capitol, Tengrinews.kz reports.

The two ex-presidents have been chosen to jointly receive the Prize for their personal commitment and leadership in creating and implementing government policies to alleviate hunger and poverty in their countries. "The significant achievements of these two former heads of state illustrate that transformational leadership truly can effect positive change and greatly improve people’s lives," organizers say.

President Kufuor (2001-2009) prioritized national agricultural policies. So, according to official data, Ghana saw a reduction in its poverty rate from 51.7 percent in 1991 to 26.5 percent in 2008, and hunger was reduced from 34 percent in 1990 down to 9 percent in 2004. Kufuor’s reforms provided investments in the agricultural and food sector, which grew at the rate of 5.5 percent between 2003 and 2008.

President Lula da Silva’s (2003-2010) 'Zero Hunger strategy' was aligned with the UN Millennium Development Goals. During his tenure, according to official data, Brazil halved its portion of hungry people (with 93 percent of children and 82 percent of adults eating three meals a day) and also reduced the percentage of Brazilians living in extreme poverty from 12 percent in 2003 down to 4.8 percent in 2009.

You can find out more about the World Food Prize here.

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