A young woman from Kenya received an international award for innovation in food security. Charity Mutegi, a 38 year old agricultural scientist from Kenya, was the 2013 winner of the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application.
Mutegi led efforts to develop a biocontrol solution to reduce aflatoxin, a deadly mold that occurs in maize and other grains. The product she developed, called KEO1, is affordable for farmers and environmentally safe. “Dr. Mutegi is an inspiration to other young scientists around the world,” said Kenneth Quinn,president of the World Food Prize Foundation.