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World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, Des Moines

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4.6/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
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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  • While the subject of food is important to this establishment, it does not serve any food to the public. It is to educate people and to honor those who have made significant contributions to feeding th...  read more »
  • I spent quite a bit of time inside when it was the old Des Moines Public Library and now it seems like a totally different building. The trim and ornamentation inside is bright and jumps out at you. T...  read more »
  • Extraordinarily breathtaking little European-style walk-side and an amazing variety of flowers and fountains. Recommend it for photos and as a romantic stop while walking downtown. 
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 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.
  • I've been a docent at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates (WFP) for several years now, docenting two Saturday mornings a month. I love to tell the story over and over again about Norman Borlaug and the WFP! There isn't a Saturday that folks coming through don't express real interest and sometimes astonishment at what they hear and see. I also learn - from the questions they ask and the comments they make. I think the renovated building is a treasure. The art contents are beautiful and brilliant! What a wonderful well thought-out way to create and sustain a legacy for the state of Iowa and the WFP!
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