Rattan Lal, Ph.D, is the recipient of the 2020 World Food Prize. He is a distinguished professor of soil science and director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center at The Ohio State University, and an adjunct professor at the University of Iceland and Punjab Agricultural University.
He was president of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (1987-1990), International Soil and Tillage Research Organization (1988-1991), Soil Science Society of America (2006-2008), and the International Union of Soil Sciences (2017-2018).
His professional research interests include soil carbon sequestration for food and climate security, conservation agriculture, soil health, principles and practices of soil erosion control, soil structure and carbon dynamics, eco-intensification of agroecosystems, soil restoration, the fate of soil carbon transported and redistributed over the landscape, and sustainable management of world soil resources.
He has authored almost 1,000 journal articles, authored and edited more than 100 books, and mentored 360 researchers. He is honored to be IICA’s chair in soil science and goodwill ambassador in sustainable development issues, and in addition to the 2020 World Food Prize he is laureate of the 2018 GCHERA World Agriculture Prize, 2018 Glinka World Soil Prize, 2019 Japan Prize, and 2019 U.S. Awasthi IFFCO Award.
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