World Food Prize | 2003

Being named the World Food Prize Laureate is the most prominent of Catherine Bertini’s awards. 

The citation states “In recognition of your monumental achievement in ensuring an adequate supply of food for all humanity.” She was chosen “for transforming the United Nations World Food Programme into the largest and most responsive humanitarian relief organization in the world, capable of ensuring that food of good quality would be available in sufficient quantities to the world’s neediest, even in the direst of circumstances.” 

Other Award Highlights

Bertini also received several awards following her work in the US government: The American Public Welfare Association’s Leadership in Public Service award, the American Academy of Pediatrics Excellence in Public Service Award, and the National Association of WIC Directors Leadership in Public Service Award. 

She has received 12 honorary doctorates from universities in four countries, and has been recognized by the Republic of Italy with its highest honor “Grande Ufficiale.” The Republic of Ireland presented her a “Certificate of Irish Heritage” in recognition of her work and her maternal Irish lineage. 

The City of Cortland displayed her photo on their Main Street banners celebrating local people of achievement, and two local “halls of fame” have included her work in their displays.