Achieving global distinction

November 03, 2010
IDRC Communications

For 40 years, IDRC has worked with some of the brightest minds in the world, supporting their ideas and promoting innovation. Many researchers we supported early in their careers later achieved global distinction for their scientific work. Among them: 

M.S. Swaminathan

M.S. Swaminathan,

father of India’s green revolution, was awarded the first World Food Prize in 1987 for spearheading the introduction of high-yielding wheat and rice varieties to India’s farmers.
Aklilu Lemma of Ethiopia, who discovered a plant-based molluscicide that could help combat schistosomiasis, received the Right Livelihood Award in 1989.
Tewolde Berhan
Gebre Egziabher

Other recipients of this award include Ethiopian biologist Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, in 2000, for his work in promoting community and farmers’ rights. He was also named a 2006 UNEP Champion of the Earth.

Indian scientist Modadugu Gupta won the 2005 World Food Prize for his work to improve nutrition through the expansion of aquaculture and fish farming in South and Southeast Asia. 
Indian-born Canadian Asit K. Biswas was awarded the 2006 Stockholm Water Prize for his outstanding and multi-faceted contributions to global water resource issues.
Bangladeshi banker Muhammad Yunus won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize with the microcredit Grameen Bank he founded in Bangladesh. He also won the 1994 World Food Prize. Vijaya Lakshmi received India’s 2007 National Award for Women’s Development through Application of Science and Technology.
Canadian Amanda Vincent, co-founder and director of Project Seahorse International, winner of the 1998 Rolex award, won a 2006 Chevron Conservation Award for her efforts to protect seahorses around the world, as well as an Yves Rocher Foundation Woman of the Earth Award in 2007.

Yuyun Ismawati
Syeda Rizwana Hasan

Yuyun Ismawati

and Syeda Rizwana Hasan each won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for 2009. Ismawati was recognized for her work promoting community-based wastewater and solid waste management in Indonesia.
Hasan’s efforts to tighten regulations for Bangladesh’s ship-breaking industry netted her the prize.​