Dr. Jan W. Low

Dr. Jan W. Low

Dr. Jan W. Low

2016 World Food Prize Co-Laureate & Principal Scientist, International Potato Center

Jan Low is an agricultural economist with over 25 years of experience working in sub-Saharan Africa. Her long-term research interest is on how to successfully integrate nutritional concerns into agricultural research and development, with a special focus on micronutrient-enhanced (“biofortified”) orange-fleshed sweetpotato. She also has considerable experience and interest in agricultural policy, safety nets, poverty analysis, and seed systems. She has designed, implemented, and analyzed numerous household surveys and is knowledgeable in database management. After serving 4.5 as CIP’s regional leader in SSA, Dr. Low is now leading the 10- year Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative launched in October 2009 to enhance the lives of 10 million African families in 10 years through exploiting the potential of sweetpotato to reduce poverty and undernutrition. The Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) is CIP’s foundation research project in Africa concerning sweetpotato. Dr. Low served as the president of the APA from 2011-2013.  Along with three other scientists working on biofortification, Dr. Low was awarded the World Food Prize in 2016.