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Second Niigata International Food Award Notice of the winner determination

Last year, we received the nominees from 15 countries. Our screening committee and the board of the Niigata International Food Award Foundation completed the selection procedure and determined the winners of each awards. As follows;

Main Prize: Josette Sheeran

Ex-Executive Director of World Food Program

Vice Chairman of World Economic Forum (Davos Meeting)      Nationality: USA

Reason of Award

Ms.Sheeran is the executive director of United Nations WFP since the last five years. Under her leadership the world responded to the historic human food needs with a record US5 billion in donations to WFP and greatly increased the donor base to more than 100 nations and increased private sector donations from 7million in 2007 to 150 million in 2010. She has championed and implanted the understanding among world’s leaders that peace cannot be built on empty stomach. She transformed the WFP

from a food aid to the largest and most effective and efficient humanitarian food relief organization.


Sano Tozaburo Special Prize: Masanao Umebayashi

Emeritus professor of Mie University   Nationality Japan

Reason for Award

Prof. Umebayashi has been working alone his volunteer activity to afforest fruit tree at the northern mountainous part of Thailand where had been called “Golden Triangle” because the place was notorious for the cultivation of the poppy used as the materials of drug .He has continued the activity for 17 years only by his own budget and helped local residents’ economical independence by establishing the sustainable agricultural model.


21Century’s Hope Award: Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu

Executive Director of Small Holders Foundation   Nationality: Nigeria

Reason of Award

Growing up in a rural and poor community, Nnaemeka worked very hard on the farm with other members of his family and experienced poverty first-hand. 

In 2007, Mr. Ikeguwounu established a community radio station known as The Smallholders Farmers Rural Radio (Farm FM 98.0). This community a radio station designs and broadcasts daily sustainable agricultural management, environmental conservation and market information in the local Igbo Language reaching 250,000 smallholder listeners living in 3 remote and isolated local government areas of Imo State, Nigeria, 10 hours broadcast each day.

We express our deep gratitude to many nominators and generous supporters.