Award winner 2011 -
PROF. DR. JOACHIM VON BRAUN
The Foundation fiat panis, successor to the Father and Son Eiselen Foundation, awarded in 2011 the Justus von Liebig-Award for World Nutrition to the German scientist Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun for his outstanding performance in the fight against hunger and rural poverty. The prize was endowed with 25,000 Euros and was awarded on the occasion of the World Food Day Colloquium at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart.
With his extraordinary achievements in agricultural research, Prof. von Braun has contributed to the improvement of global food security and thus to reducing poverty and hunger. In his role as Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), as President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) and as a leading member of national and international scientific advisory boards, he achieved the highest international recognition and influenced international politics. As a current director and professor at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn, he shares his knowledge with students and young scientists and motivates them to work for food security and a world free from poverty.
The independent jury decided unanimously to award the prize to Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun for his outstanding achievements in agricultural and nutritional sciences and his contribution to the improvement of world nutrition. He has placed his present work in the service of a world free from hunger.
In his long research career and in more than 200 publications, Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun has shown internationally innovative and directional work. His work is characterized by the fact that he does not lose sight of the global context in addition to careful analyzes on the micro level.
Prof. Dr. von Braun's work includes early studies on food security and economics of famines, but also works on technical progress, commercialization of subsistence farming, rural financial systems, and links between poverty and environmental degradation.