Trinidad-born scientist cops 2021 World Food Prize award

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The Trinidad Expressreports that Trinidad-born scientist Dr Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted was awarded theWorld Food Prize 2021 on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

The announcement was made by US Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken and Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture.

The World Food Prize is the most prominent global award recognizing an individual who has enhanced human development and confronted global hunger through improving the quality, quantity or availability of food for all.

Thilsted, who was born in Reform Village, attended Naparima Girls’ High School before going on to earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Tropical Agriculture in 1971, from the University of West Indies, St Augustine. After graduating, she worked as the first female agricultural officer at the Ministry of Agriculture in Tobago. While in Tobago she met her husband Finn Thilsted, a Danish citizen, and would migrate to Denmark with him. In 1980 she received her…

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