Fazle Hasan Abed,the Bangladesh-based poverty group founder wins World Food Prize
- The Bangladeshi Fazle Hasan Abed was named the winner of the 2015 World Food
- He is the man who created a Bangladesh-based non-profit
organization credited with helping more than 150 million people out of poverty.
- Fazle Hasan Abed created BRAC, originally known as
Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, as a temporary relief organization to
help with recovery from the 1970 typhoon that killed about 500,000 people and
the subsequent war fought in 1971 to win independence from Pakistan.
- BRAC has grown into one of the world's largest
nongovernmental organizations focused on alleviating poverty.
- Bangladesh was once listed as the second poorest country in
- BRAC estimates that more than a billion people live at a
poverty level of less than $1.25 a day, but hundreds of millions of others live
on less than half that amount and are considered in extreme poverty.
- The United Nations Development Program reports Bangladesh
has reduced poverty from 56.7 % in 1991-1992 to 31.5 % in 2010.
- Abed will be awarded
the prize at a ceremony in October.
What is World Food
- The World Food Prize was created by Nobel laureate Norman
Borlaug in 1986 to recognize scientists and others who have improved the
quality and availability of food.
- The foundation that awards the $250,000 prize is based in