Iowa State University Professor Receives Global Academic Leadership Award

From left: Ramesh Chand, a member of National Institution for Transforming India Aayog and Union minister of State; and Professor K.S. Solanki, governor of (the Indian State of) Haryana; present the award to Manjit Misra.

AMES, Iowa — The director of Iowa State University’s Seed Science Center was recently honored by the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture.

Manjit Misra, who also is a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, was presented the Global Agriculture Academic Leadership Award Sept. 5 during the 10th Annual Global Agriculture Leadership Summit in New Delhi, India. The Global Leadership Awards recognize individuals and institutions for leadership in agriculture and are based on nominations of experts in the fields of policy, academic research, industry, environment, innovation, livelihood, entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, development and international leadership.

“This recognition means a great deal to me,” Misra said. “But it reflects not my accomplishments, but those of the Seed Science Center faculty and staff at Iowa State University. Through their hard work, our center has become a premier center of seed science and technology around the world. And I am extremely proud to be a part of that.”

Established in 2008 under the chairmanship of M.S. Swaminathan, pioneer of India’s Green Revolution, the awards recognize leadership roles played by individuals and institutions that positively impact the lives of millions of rural smallholders around the world.

During the summit, an annual forum that focuses on issues of importance to India’s food and agriculture sector, Misra spoke on the importance of providing quality seed to smallholders around the world as a way to mitigate food and nutrition insecurity.

The Seed Science Center is a center of excellence in seeds at Iowa State. Its mission is to improve the production, quality assurance, marketing, utilization and regulatory environment of seed through research, testing, teaching, outreach and international programs.