Cuban Wins World Food Prize
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ A Cuban farmer’s son was named winner Sunday of the 2002 World Food Prize for helping to transform depleted tropical soil into productive agricultural land.
Pedro Sanchez will receive $250,000 in recognition of his work that includes finding ways to neutralize acidity in Brazilian soil and to improve nitrogen flow in blighted farmland in Africa.
The award was announced at the International Horticultural Congress in Toronto, Canada, by Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the Des Moines-based World Food Prize Foundation.
Sanchez, 62, is the former director general of the International Center for Research in Agroforestry in Nairobi, Kenya.
He left Cuba during Fidel Castro’s revolution, earning a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.
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