Brazil's former President Lula awarded World Food Prize

13:19, June 22, 2011      

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Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was awarded the 2011 World Food Prize for his efforts against hunger, the prize's foundation announced Tuesday.

Lula received the prize due to his commitment to the creation and implementation of policies to alleviate hunger and poverty in Brazil, said the World Food Prize Foundation, which bestows the award.

Besides Lula, Ghana's former President John Agyekum Kufuor, who was in office from 2001 to 2009, was also awarded the prize.

"President Kufuor and President Lula da Silva have set a powerful example for other political leaders in the world," said Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation.

"Thanks to their personal commitment and visionary leadership, both Ghana and Brazil are on track to exceed the UN Millennium Development Goal 1 -- to cut in half extreme hunger before 2015," he added.

The World Food Prize was created in 1986 to recognize those who contribute to end hunger in the world. The prize is currently sponsored by U.S. businessman and philanthropist John Ruan.

Source: Xinhua
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