World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, Des Moines

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The World Food Prize was conceived by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1986, The World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. Laureates have been recognized from Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, Cuba, Denmark, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Israel, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States. In 1990, Des Moines businessman and philanthropist John Ruan assumed sponsorship of The Prize and established The World Food Prize Foundation, located in Des Moines, Iowa. The World Food Prize also annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium to bring the world's foremost experts together to discuss cutting-edge issues in food security, and multiple youth education programs to inspire the next generation to study and work in fields related to global agriculture.
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  • August 8, 2017
    DR. Norman Borlaug, an Iowan, is credited with saving a billion lives throughout the world by his work on preventing disease in plants and adapting plants to native conditions. Housed in the renovated...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates is to food what the Nobel Prize is to the arts, sciences, and world peace. The Hall of Laureates serves as the home to the World Food Prize and a shrine to peopl...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    We had a great time going through the room with all the pictures from around the world depicting food and water. The pictures made you feel like you were right there in that country or village with th...  more »
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  • June 15, 2017
    Attended a wedding there and was impressed by the attention to detail and beautiful artwork and architecture.
  • June 14, 2017
    This place is a gem. From the gardens to the hall this building connects the future of food to the research and efforts of the past. A pilgrimage
  • August 22, 2016
    What an honor it is be a part of the Hall of Laureates docent program! As a public health professional for over 45 years, I have experienced the universal need for nutritious and accessible food in our ever-expanding population. To play a part in promoting the mission of the World Food Prize allows me to contribute to what may be the single most important means of securing the health and security of every person on our precious planet.
  • August 18, 2016
    Dr. Norman E. Borlaug is an amazing man. To think a small town Iowa farm boy could grow up to win the Nobel Prize and become a founder of the World Food Prize is such an inspiring accomplishment. Everyday I give a tour at the Hall of Laureates I feel so proud to spread the word about what he has done. If someday I make only a percentage of the impact he has made on the ag community, I will know I have accomplished something truly great.
  • August 19, 2016
    Why I enjoy giving tours: The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates first, and foremost, is a place to pass on the message of Dr. Norman Borlaug. The message shares agricultural stories from scientists, politicians, and humanitarians. The message encourages commitment to alleviating food insecurity, and finally, the message offers a strong educational opportunity for youth. Secondly, I learn so much from the visitors. The conversations, the programs they are involved with and the respectful exchange of ideas makes the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates a special place!

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