Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of Bangladesh-based poverty alleviation NGO wins World Food Prize 2015 [ Current Affairs ]


Fazle Hasan Abed is founder and chairman of Bangladesh-based non-governmental organization (NGO) who has been nominated as the winner of the 2015 World Food Prize. Bangladesh-based poverty alleviation NGO also known as BRAC (originally known as Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) which is world’s largest NGO.

  • Since its formation, BRAC is being credited for helping more than 150 million people out of poverty. In 1972, it was formed as a temporary relief organization to help people of Bangladesh to recover from the devastating tropical cyclone Bhola which had killed about 500,000 people.
  • World Food Prize was established in 1986 by Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug who was father of the Green Revolution. World Food Prize is an annual award that recognizes scientists and others who have improved the quality and availability of food.
  • Seven Indians have won World Food Prize from its formation. They are Dr Sanjaya Rajaram (2014), Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta (2005), Dr Surinder K. Vasal (2000), Dr B. R. Barwale (1998), Dr Gurdev Khush (1996), Dr Verghese Kurien (1989) and Prof. M. S. Swaminathan (1987).
  • BRAC had grown into one of the world’s largest NGO with prime focus on alleviating poverty. In 2004, Fazle Hasan Abed he been bestowed with prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2010 and UNDP’s Mahbub Ul Haq Award also known as Human Development Award for contributions to social improvement.

- Published on: July 6, 2015