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Planned Parenthood Global Selected by World Food Prize Laureate to Receive Donation

Biotechnologist and Planned Parenthood Supporter Mary-Dell Chilton, PhD, will be honored Thursday evening at the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines, an event expected to draw over 800 people from more than 75 countries.

Dr. Chilton is one of three scientists to receive the 2013 World Food Prize. For her part, Dr. Chilton has selected Planned Parenthood Global, the international arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to receive one-third of the $250,000 prize.

“Planned Parenthood Global helps to ensure that women, men and young people in the world’s hardest-to-reach communities have access to lifesaving information and services by partnering with local leaders and pioneering innovative models of service delivery,” said Mary-Dell Chilton, PhD. “As a scientist, I believe that you cannot address problems in isolation. A woman’s ability to plan a family is essential to all other international development efforts and should be a central pillar of any efforts to eliminate poverty and promote progress.”

“Planned Parenthood congratulates Dr. Mary-Dell Chilton on the well-deserved honor of receiving the 2013 World Food Prize, regarded as the “Nobel Prize” of food and agriculture,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “We are deeply grateful that she has selected Planned Parenthood Global to benefit from this honor, which will enhance our efforts to promote the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women, men and young people around the world.”

For more information about Dr. Chilton’s decades of pioneering work on plant genetics, view this short video:

About Planned Parenthood Global

For more than 40 years, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has been working overseas to ensure that women, men, and young people in some of the world’s most neglected areas have access to the health care they need to control their bodies and their futures. By partnering with local advocates, medical service providers, and youth leaders and helping to build sustainable networks and organizations, we find innovative ways to deliver critical services and fight for more inclusive laws and policies. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter @ppglobe.


Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With nearly 750 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.


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Published: 10.17.13

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