Seoul, Aug 28: Modadugu Vijay Gupta who pioneered the blue revolution and devoted his entire life to developing aquaculture as an alternative solution to the future food crisis was on Friday awarded the first Sunhak Peace Prize.
The prize is billed as an alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize, which he shared with the President of Kiribati Islands. Gupta, 76, shared the USD 1 million prize with President of Kiribati Islands Anote Tong.
A glittering function organised here which was attended by invitees from all over the world.
President Tong improved global awareness of the severity of climate change and sought for action by the international community for its solution.
The awards were presented by South Korean religious leader Dr Hak Ja Han Moon, the wife of late Rev Sun Myung Moon, who instituted the awards to recognise and highlight the work of individuals making big efforts for the betterment of the people.
Hailing from Bapatla in Andhra Pradesh, Gupta, a biologist, was also the recipient of the World Food Prize in 2005 for development and dissemination of low-cost techniques for freshwater fish farming.
OneIndia News (With inputs from agency)