Howarth ‘Howdy’ Bouis is the Chair of the International Board of Directors of the Micronutrient Forum. He was awarded the World Food Prize in 2016, along with colleagues from the International Potato Center, in recognition of his efforts over 25 years to promote and implement biofortification to improve nutrition and health by developing and disseminating micronutrient-rich staple food crops. Bouis helped pioneer this concept in the early 1990s and devoted his career to turning this idea into a global movement that currently reaches more than 50 million people in rural farming families in developing countries. He is also the founding director of HarvestPlus part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).
Howdy received his B.A. in economics from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University’s Food Research Institute. In 2017, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, by the University of Greenwich.