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‘More crop per drop’ developer wins 2012 World Food Prize
Described as the man who made the desert bloom, Dr. Daniel Hillel, an Israeli-American researcher, has been awarded the 2012 World Food Prize for developing and implementing what is today known as ‘micro irrigation’.
Dr. Hillel’s technique has enabled growing of crops with the application of small but continuous amounts of water directly to plant roots. Initially practised in Israel, the ‘more crop per drop’ technique has been adopted in 30 countries, including in Africa, maximising water use in agriculture, increasing crop yields and minimising environmental degradation.
“Instead of waiting for a rainstorm, he had a brainstorm,” is how UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon described Hillel’s seminal work, before presenting him with the World Food Prize trophy. The award also has a US$250,000 cash prize for the researcher.