The World Food Prize

Welcome to the Hall of Laureates

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The internationally renowned World Food Prize Foundation invites you to explore the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. You may do so through our website or visit us at 100 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa. Please use the tabs on the left of the screen to:

- Explore the Hall of Laureates by a room-by-room tour. Click on each room for more information about its art and design, functionality and significance to the World Food Prize. Each room tells a different story and features many different pieces of artwork.

- Learn more about the World Food Prize's efforts to preserve the historical integrity of the former Des Moines Public Library, while simultaneously renovating the building for a green, sustainable future.

-Reserve SpaceOne of Iowa’s most spectacular venues, the Hall of Laureates offers a magnificent setting for any occasion. Whether you want to host an intimate dinner, a corporate board meeting, an elegant wedding, or a world-class conference, this historic building in the heart of Des Moines
has as a rich history with every modern amenity necessary for your event.

Visit us in person for a full tour of the building.
Please call or email Nicole Barreca to
set-up your tour.

Nicole Barreca - 515.245.3735

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About the Building

As a special tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner and World Food Prize founder Dr. Norman Borlaug, and to provide an enduring foundation for all of the programs he created, the World Food Prize Foundation took on a $29.8 million capital project to restore the century-old Des Moines Public Library Building as the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug World Food Prize Hall of Laureates.

The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates serves as:

  • a world-class museum to recognize great achievements in agriculture and fighting hunger;
  • a convocation center at which to hold events during the World Food Prize International Symposium -- the Borlaug Dialogue;
  • a home for the expanding Global Youth Institute, which aims to inspire the next generation of leaders;
  • an educational facility featuring interactive displays on hunger and food security;
  • and a conference center and event space available to other groups and organizations for their meetings and other activities.
This magnificently restored Beaux Arts space celebrates the spirit of giving, emphasizing the importance of global food security. Dr. Borlaug is honored for his role as the Father of the Green Revolution and the man who has saved more than one billion lives with his innovations in agriculture. The building also pays tribute to the World Food Prize Laureates and Iowa’s agricultural and humanitarian pioneers for their significant contributions to the global fight against hunger and helping to feed the world and improve the lives of others.
Thanks to the vision of the State Legislature of Iowa, the support of the Polk County Board of Supervisors, the cooperation of the City of Des Moines, and the generosity of our sponsors, we have preserved and restored one of Iowa’s grand, historic buildings – the old Des Moines Public Library Building – so it may serve as the home of the World Food Prize, as well as a monument honoring those who have made efforts toward alleviating world hunger.

Photo credit: Brent Isenberger Photography

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The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Education Wing





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