The World Food Prize Foundation

Norman Borlaug Field Award

Sonora, by John Collier



The Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, is presented every October in Des Moines, Iowa, by the World Food Prize Foundation. The award presentation is appropriately held in the historically preserved and environmentally renovated World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. This $29.8 million project restored the century-old Des Moines Public Library and transformed it as a special tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner and World Food Prize founder Dr. Norman E. Borlaug.

Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, announced during the 25th World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony in 2011 that the Foundation would commit $1 million to endow this annual award in honor of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, whose early work in Mexico was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

This $10,000 award recognizes exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under the age of 40 who has clearly demonstrated Borlaug-like intellectual courage, stamina and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty.

The award diploma incorporates the image of Dr. Borlaug at work in the fields of Mexico, as shown on the left. The image was created by artist John Collier and hangs as a tapestry in the Hall of Laureates.

To learn more about the award and how to nominate a deserving individual, please visit this link. The deadline for nominations each year is June 30.

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