Fazle Hasan Abed,the Bangladesh-based poverty group founder wins World Food Prize

Highlights: 

  • The Bangladeshi Fazle Hasan Abed was named the winner of the 2015 World Food Prize.
  • 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 the world.
  • 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 Prize ?

  • 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 Iowa.