Borlaug- World Food Prize intern wins award for his MSSRF work

November 2017:  Nick Grandstaff,the World Food Prize intern who interned at MSSRF, Namakkal in July-August 2016, has won the  prestigious John Crystal Award for his work. He received the prize at the 2017 World Food Prize Ceremony at Iowa State Capital in Des Moines last month. The John Crystal award was started in 2000, in the memory of John Crystal, a farmer, banker, a political leader and resident of Iowa.  The award is presented annually to an outstanding Borlaug-Ruan International Intern at the World Food Prize Laureate Ceremony in October. 
Nick’s study was tuned towards addressing food security and livelihood issues of farmers through creation of value chains and social capital in Thuvarapallam, in the tribal Kolli Hills region of Tamil Nadu. He studied the value chain of inputs going into different commodities including cash and food crops and their potential and impact on natural resources. Employing the five capitals framework for his study, he also made a detailed situation analysis. The study also made suggestions regarding cropping practices that could yield maximum income and food security to farmers while maintaining ecological balance of the soil.

Nick says he takes inspiration from Prof Swaminathan, who he says has worked tirelessly towards promoting research and the youth.