Dr. Rattan Lal joined the IFDC board in 2020. Dr. Lal is professor of soil science at The Ohio State University and 2020 World Food Prize laureate. Internationally recognized for his trailblazing work on developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production, Lal has received many other accolades, including the GCHERA World Agriculture Prize (2018), Glinka World Soil Prize (2018), Japan Prize (2019), and U.S. Awasthi IFFCO Prize (2019). Dr. Lal earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Punjab Agricultural University and the Indian Agriculture Research Institute, respectively, and a doctorate from The Ohio State University.