Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has received the top honor presented by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization.
FAO chief Jacques Diouf on Thursday awarded the Agricola Medal to Mr. Singh for his contribution to agricultural development and to reducing hunger and poverty.
Diouf told the prime minister at a ceremony in New Delhi he has shown "exemplary vision and resolve" in promoting the growth of Indian agriculture.
Diouf also said Mr. Singh's efforts have helped agricultural growth in India contribute more to the fast growth of a global economy.
The United Nations says horticultural production in India is set to double by 2012. It also says plans are underway to increase the national production of rice, wheat and plant seeds (pulses) by 20 million tons.