The G.C.H.E.R.A. World Agriculture Prize Award: Reaching out to Asia-Pacific scientists

From 27-30 October 2019, APAARI attended the World Prize Award Ceremony of the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture (GCHERA) in Nanjing, China. The Prize of USD 100,000, generously sponsored by the Education Development Foundation of the Nanjing Agricultural University (NJAU) and Da Bei Nong Group in China, recognizes extraordinary scientists from universities working in agricultural education, research, innovation and outreach.

APAARI’s participation in this prestigious event was also an eye-opener that made us reflect on our existing efforts to effectively reach out to the world of agricultural science and innovation in Asia-Pacific. We currently have 85 members, 31% of whom are higher education institutions. We feel the need to step up to our commitment to our members in the region by ensuring more visibility, sharing their innovations, and facilitating their recognition for the excellence in the area of food and agriculture. The Asia-Pacific region is also home to outstanding women scientists. APAARI will make specific efforts to reach out to them and facilitate their nominations for the 2020 World Agriculture Prize Awards.

APAARI would like to congratulate the winner of the GCHERA World Agriculture Prize 2019 – Emeritus Professor José Miguel AGUILERA, a leading food engineer and food technologist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile – for his outstanding lifetime contribution in the fields of food engineering and food technology, and success in developing fruitful global collaborative partnerships with visible impacts on education and research in Chile.