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Rattan Lal honoured with Glinka World Soil Prize 2018


Rome, Dec 6 (IANS/AKI) Rattan Lal, a of science at the Ohio State University, has won the Glinka World Prize 2018 in a ceremony at the headquarters of the UN's (FAO) for his outstanding contribution to sustainable management.

Lal, the of the International Union of (IUSS), was recognised on the World Soil Day on Wednesday for his outstanding contribution to sustainable and the protection of soil resources.

The Glinka World Soil Prize, named after the pioneering Russian Konstantin D. Glinka, is considered the highest honour in the profession.

Lal was born in in West Punjab, Pakistan, and his family came to as refugees in 1948. He studied in and later came to the US to work on his doctorate in soils, which he completed in 1968.

He has been listed among the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds (2012) and among the top one per cent of all researchers in agriculture.

His scientific work has notably contributed to soil organic carbon restoration and improvement of soil structure but also played a major role in converting science into policy and decision-making, the FAO said.

This year the Russian Federation approved the financial contribution of $2 million to support the activities of the in its second phase (2018-20).

was on Wednesday given to Practical Action Bangladesh for organizing the best World Soil Day celebration in 2017.

The new FAO-established award is funded by



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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 15:24 IST