Fazle Hasan Abed, whose Bangladeshi charity BRAC is credited with helping lift more than 150 million people in developing countries out of poverty, has been awarded the $250,000 World Food Prize for 2015, the Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal report.
The prize, bestowed annually by a Des Moines, Iowa-based foundation, was created by the late plant scientist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug to honor work that improves the quality and availability of food.
A former oil executive, Mr. Abed founded BRAC, formerly the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, to help the country recover from a devastating 1970 typhoon and its 1971 war for independence from Pakistan.
BRAC has grown into one of the world's largest development charities, with more than 100,000 employees and programs in many Asian and African countries. World Food Prize President Kenneth Quinn praised Mr. Abed's "emphasis on reaching to the very poor, those who have great food insecurity and who face the most difficult path out of poverty."