Indian agri-scientist awarded first Sunhak Peace Prize

GENsciAgriculture scientist Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta has been awarded the first Sunhak Peace Prize that he shared with the President of the Kiribati Islands.

Dr Gupta, 76, who has done pioneering work in aquaculture in India, Bangladesh and several Southeast Asian countries, shared the $1 million prize with Anote Tong, the President of Kiribati Islands, at a function in Seoul that was attended by invitees from all over the world.

Billed as an alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize, the Sunhak awards that were instituted by the late Rev Sun Myung Moon recognises and highlights the work of individuals who make efforts for the betterment of the people.

Gupta hails from Bapatla in Andhra Pradesh and is a biologist who also received the World Food Prize in 2005 for developing and disseminating low-cost techniques for freshwater fish farming. Before his retirement he was the Assistant Director General at WorldFish, an international research institute based in Penang Malaysia.

Mr Gupta has mostly worked with the UN and agriculture related international organisations in various countries.