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Source: World Food Prize news release

Leading climatologist, agronomist and former farmer Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig has been named the 2022 World Food Prize Laureate for her pioneering work in modeling the impact of climate change on food production worldwide. She was recognized for leading the global scientific collaboration that produced the methodology and data used by decision-makers around the world.

Awarded by the World Food Prize Foundation, the $250,000 prize honors Dr. Rosenzweig's achievements as the founder of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP), a globally integrated transdisciplinary network of climate and food system modelers.

AgMIP is dedicated to advancing methods for improving predictions of the future performance of agricultural and food systems in the face of climate change, providing the evidence base for effective food system transformation. Her leadership of AgMIP has directly helped decision-makers in more than 90 countries enhance their resilience to climate change.

The award announcement was offered during a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Department of State. Barbara Stinson, President of the World Food Prize Foundation, announced the 2022 Laureate, who will officially receive the World Food Prize in a renowned ceremony in October. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Jose W. Fernandez, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Ramin Toloui and Special Envoy for Global Food Security Dr. Cary Fowler gave remarks.

Announcing Dr. Rosenzweig's award, Barbara Stinson said: "I am honored to announce the selection of Dr. Rosenzweig as the 2022 Laureate given the tremendous contributions of her career over the last four decades. Dr. Rosenzweig has brought powerful computational tools into practical application in agriculture and food systems.

Her work has shaped our understanding of the relationship between food systems and climate change. She advanced the use of multiple models and created networks of scientists to use them. These innovations have contributed to many countries' ability to respond effectively to the crisis we face in climate change."

Dr. Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at the Columbia Climate School, spent four decades cultivating the understanding of the biophysical and socio-economic impacts of the interaction between climate and food systems via rigorous observational and modeling research approaches.

As a pioneer in this field, Dr. Rosenzweig has participated as a Lead or Coordinating Lead Author on three global assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Her work contributed to the scientific foundation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the process which led up to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015. Her research also supports work in many countries to develop National Adaptation Plans and National Determined Contributions for the UNFCCC.

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