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Source: AlertNet, a Thompson Reuters Foundation service

Who are the people behind grassroots movements, farming unions, groundbreaking research and government policy that are helping to stave off hunger, boost crop harvests and put more food on tables?

AlertNet put this question to dozens of experts and researchers from leading non-governmental organisations and research institutes involved in nutrition and agriculture.

Based on their responses, in no particular order, here's our "Top 10 food trailblazers", many of whom AlertNet interviewed.

1. Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan--father of India's green revolution

2. Gebisa Ejeta--Ethiopia's weed and drought buster

3. Davinder Lamba--Urban farming champion

4. Vandana Shiva--Eco feminist warrior

5. Lula da Silva--Brazil's hunger crusader

6. Howard Buffett--American philathropist

7. Ester Jerome Mtegule--Tanzanian farming community leader

8. Svetlana Maksimova--Russian farmers union leader

9. Edward Mukiibi--Ugandan school gardener

10. Reema Nanavaty--Pioneering women's union leader

To read more on each, click here.

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