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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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  • The beautifully restored and repurposed Des Moines Library is a must see. The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates is an architectural masterpiece. The tour provides details about the restoration, the h...  more »
  • Such a lovely building with a great mission. To promote advances in the science of agriculture and keeping the world fed seems like a pretty important mission. The docents were both wonderful--one on ...  more »
  • This is a must see in Des Moines. Beautiful architecture, and wonderful permanent photo gallery called 40 Chances about world hunger in the world. It's a place I love to take my visitors to Des Moines...  more »
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  • 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.
  • It is always a thrill to lead people through the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates and observe their delight at the history and beauty of the building and its purpose. I always feel energized by the wonderful art, the stories of Iowa's heroes, and retelling the mission of Norman Borlaug and the Laureates. It's fun, as well, to hear stories of visitors who have had connections to the former Des Moines library or personal experiences with Borlaug or the mission of the World Food Prize. Beth and Jim Billings
  • I love giving tours of the World Food Prize. There is advancement in quality, quantity and availability of food, amazing architecture and restoration, history of Des Moines plus the incredible story of our native son, Norman Borlaug. Love to share with those who visit from all over the world. Come see us soon!
  • I live in Iowa, USA, well in West Des Moines! And I have been here for over 30 years - an Indian with a lot of agricultural background. When I heard that The World Food Prize would make its home in Des Moines I was more than enthusiastic. And what about the headquarters in the ‘old’ Des Moines Public Library Main library would be the official home? I have visited the library in its old glory! I used to visit the library not to borrow or read old manuscripts or books but the architecture of this great structure! World Food Prize has not only improved the image of Des Moines and thus Iowa, the Old Des Moines Public Library to its old glory, we are at the heartland of Agriculture. What better way to return exhibit what we have, to the world – be a part of it. Thus it is my proud privilege to be tour guide in this prestigious building for the World Food Prize The Hall of Laureates is a place that I feel like I am entering a sacred place – a temple for the endurance and compassion of human beings to solve hunger. This is one of the places in the building that I like to take the visitors around.
  • I feel that it is an honor and privilege for me to give tours at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. It is a marvelous building with a rich history and story. Dr. Norman Borlaug 's legacy lives on with the Laureates and the Global Youth Institute. I encourage all people from Des Moines area or visiting the area to come for a tour. It is a jewel in Des Moines.