GCHERA World Agriculture Prize

UC Davis Honorees


Pamela C. Ronald

Pamela C. Ronald 

Pamela Ronald, Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology, faculty in the UC Davis Genome Center, and Founding Director of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy at UC Davis, is the first woman to receive the GCHERA World Agriculture Prize. Dr. Ronald has contributed significantly to the genetic improvement of rice, half the world’s staple food, leading to significant enhancement of its flood and disease tolerance and to increased cultivation by more than 6 million subsistence farmers. She is renowned for agricultural and life sciences education and outreach, engaging with diverse communities on the need to feed a growing population without further destruction of the environment. Among her honors, she is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a recipient of the Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food, and was named by Scientific American one of the world’s 100 most influential people in biotechnology.


R. Paul Singh

R. Paul Singh, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Food Science in the Colleges of Engineering and Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis, is third in the world to be named a GCHERA World Agriculture Prize Laureate. Dr. Singh’s contributions are centered in his development of advanced mathematical applications for understanding physical changes in food processing, and are universally recognized in engineering education programs and industry. He pioneered the use of the Internet in teaching food science, and is at the forefront of early developers of web-based course materials. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a recipient of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Massey Ferguson Education Award, and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Association of Engineering and Food.