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2012 World Food Prize

Press Event Schedule

Nicky Schissel – Media Relations

(office) 515-245-3775

(cell) 515-782-0304


All events are held in the Downtown Marriott Hotel unless otherwise indicated.

All sessions are open to representatives of the media.

Change and updates will be available in the Press Room on the first floor.

Increased security measures will require credentials for all events.






9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.             Iowa Hunger Summit

Press are welcome all day. The morning keynote speaker is Jo Ann

Jenkins, Executive Director of AARP at 10 a.m. The Hunger Luncheon begins at noon and will feature a keynote address by Howard Buffett, President of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Unique meals used in hunger fighting efforts will be served and the annual announcement of Iowans’ contributions to fighting hunger will be announced.





7:30 a.m.                     DuPont Pioneer Announcement at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates at 100 Locust Street


(Shuttle service from Marriott provided)

Join DuPont, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and special guest speakers for the unveiling of a new tool to assess the impact of food price shocks at the national level. Media interviews and photo opportunities available with speakers:


Jo Luck, 2010 World Food Prize Laureate and former president and CEO of Heifer International, will moderate a panel discussion with: Leo Abruzzese, director of global forecasting, EIUPedro Sanchez, 2002 World Food Prize Laureate and director, Earth Institute, Columbia University James Borel, executive vice president, DuPont Contact: Jane Slusark at 515-535-0164 office/515-745-4406 cell/ for additional information/interview requests.


10:00 a.m.                   Press Conference with Carl Winter, CAST Communications Award Winner


Dr. Carl Winter, Director of the FoodSafe Program and Extension Food.Toxicologist in the Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California-Davis, will be available for media interviews following his receipt of the Borlaug CAST Award.


The Borlaug CAST Communications Award is given annually by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) to a specialist who communicates the importance of food and agricultural science to the public, policymakers and the news media.


As an accomplished musician, Winter writes, records, produces, and performs musical parodies of contemporary popular music on themes of food safety. Winter has given nearly 200 live performances at conferences, trade shows and public gatherings in 39 states and Canada and has distributed more than 30,000 audio CDs and animated music DVDs. His Food Safety Music Website and YouTube page have attracted a total of nearly one million visitors.


11:00 a.m.                        Press Conference: David Beckman, Executive Director - Bread for the World

The 2012 Elections: Ending Hunger in the United States Hunger and poverty have been invisible issues in the election discussion. Poverty is a key issue that must be addressed in the 2012 election; candidates can no longer be silent. That’s why Bread for the World— along with leaders of a number of Christian denominations and organizations called the Circle of Protection — called on President Obama and Mitt Romney to publicly state what each will to do to provide help and opportunity for hungry and poor people in our country and around the world. Both candidates provided video responses. Whoever wins the election, we will call upon him to set a goal and develop a plan to end hunger. We are calling upon all our elected officials to create a circle of protection around programs vital to hungry people in the United States and abroad.


5:30 p.m.                        The Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application at The World Food Prize                                             Hall of Laureates at 100 Locust Street

This $10,000 Rockefeller Foundation endowed award is to recognize 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.




2:30 p.m.                        DuPont Pioneer Award - Women in Agriculture Announcement


Media availability for Vicky Wilde, AWARD Executive Director and Lystra Antoine, DuPont Pioneer


3:30 p.m.                        Press Conference with Sir Gordon Conway and Katy Wilson


Authors of One Billion Hungry, Can We Feed the World. The book explains the many international issues critical to our global food supply from the science of agricultural advances to the politics of food security.



7:00 p.m.                 2012 World Food Prize Laureate Ceremony


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to speak at the Laureate Ceremony awarding Dr. Daniel Hillel the 2012 World Food Prize. Additional security measures will be in effect and anyone planning on attending should plan to leave at 6:00 p.m. and be sure to have their Press Badge with them.





7:30 a.m.                        Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme


Ertharin Cousin brings more than 25 years of national and international non-profit, government and corporate leadership experience focusing on hunger, food and resilience strategies. Cousin guides the World Food Programme in meeting urgent food needs while championing longer-term solutions to food insecurity and hunger.


12:30 p.m.                        Laureate Lunch


Dr. Daniel Hillel, the 2012 World Food Prize Laureate, will deliver his Laureate Address to the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium.


3:00 p.m.                        Iowa Farm Tours


Experience a real Iowa family farm during the harvest season and see what it takes to produce sustainable, nutritious and safe food. The farm visit will be followed by a traditional Iowa barbeque. Wear casual shoes and clothes. Buses will depart from the Marriot Hotel at 3:00 p.m. and return at 9:30 p.m.  









8:00 a.m.                        Global Youth Institute at DuPont Pioneer


The World Food Prize Global Youth Institute welcomes 150 students from 26 states and territories and five countries that have the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of internationally-renowned World Food Prize Laureates and leaders

in food, agriculture, and international development. 


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