Alumnus recognized for revolutionizing food production


Daniel Hillel (BSA ’50) was awarded the 2012 World Food Prize, which distinguishes individuals who have advanced human development through improvements in food-related issues. He was recognized for his conception and implementation of micro-irrigation, a radical new method of bringing water to crops in arid and dry areas. Hillel’s new mode of irrigation applies water in small but constant amounts directly to the plant roots, helping plants grow while conserving water. His interest in agriculture began while growing up in a desert region of Israel, where he realized the critical need for water in arid regions. Over the past five decades, Hillel has revolutionized food production in Israel, the Middle East and other areas across the globe through his work with various international organizations. The World Food Prize, which carries a $250,000 award, was established in 1987 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug.