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October is World Food Prize Month at William Penn University


William Penn University’s Health & Life Sciences Division welcomes all students, staff, faculty, and community members to attend the annual World Food Prize lecture on Wednesday, October 18, at 11:15 a.m. in the George Daily Auditorium. This year’s speaker is Dr. Jemimah Njuki, Senior Program Officer for Canada’s International Development Research Centre.

About Jemimah Njuki

Dr. Njuki is a Senior Program Specialist at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where she oversees a portfolio of agriculture and food security projects focused on reducing post-harvest losses, improving nutrition and engaging women and youth in agribusiness, as well as overseeing gender integration and a focus on women in IDRC’s Agriculture and Food Security Program. For the last 15 years, she has carried out gender research and managed women’s economic empowerment programs in Africa and Asia. Dr. Njuki holds a Phd in Development Studies (Gender and Farming Systems) from Sokoine University. She has published widely on gender and women’s economic empowerment specifically in the areas of gender and technology, women and markets, and women and livestock. She has recently co-edited two books; one on ‘Women and livestock in Eastern and Southern Africa’, and the other on ‘Transforming Gender and Food Systems in the Global South’. She has played an instrumental role in building capacity for gender analysis and gender programming in Africa and Asia. She is currently the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security.

About the World Food Prize

Since 1986, the World Food Prize has been the leading international award to recognize outstanding individuals who have made staggering contributions to improve the quality, quantity, or availability of food throughout the world.  It recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply including food and agricultural science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences.  The World Food Prize emphasizes the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people. The World Food Prize was originally envisioned by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize, for his work in world agriculture. Beyond recognizing these recipients for their personal accomplishments, Borlaug saw the World Food Prize as a means of establishing role models who would inspire others.

Please join William Penn University’s Health & Life Sciences Division as it welcomes Dr. Jemimah Njuki as the keynote speaker at the World Food Prize lecture on Wednesday, October 18, at 11:15 a.m. in the George Daily Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.


For more information, contact:

Hailey Brown
Communications/Event Coordinator
William Penn University
(641) 673-1078 |

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