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The World Food Prize and the Legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug to be Featured at EXPO2015 Events in Italy




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The World Food Prize and the Legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug to be Featured at EXPO2015 Events in Italy

Rome, Italy (May 18, 2015) - The World Food Prize will be prominently featured at three significant events addressing critical issues in global food security taking place in Italy, including at EXPO2015.

At the invitation of Italian Minister of Agriculture, H.E. Maurizio Martina, World Food Prize President Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn will be a featured speaker at the International Agricultural Forum that will be held at EXPO2015 in Milan, Italy June 4 and 5. This event is designed to bring together minsters of agriculture, global experts and other senior business and civic leaders to address and comment on the Charter of Milan which deals with global food and agricultural issues.

Prior to EXPO2015 Conference, on May 20 Ambassador Quinn will deliver the keynote address at EXPO 2015 Communications Summit in Rome organized by the International Food Information Council. This event, which will be held at the United States Mission to the United Nations Agencies in Rome, has as its theme, “Emerging Market Leaders Workshop on Effective Messaging on Global Food Production Issues.” Ambassador Quinn’s address is titled “The Road to Development is Paved with Technology.” The entire event will be webcasted at: on May 20, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Italy time (UTC/GMT +2 hours).


While in Rome, Ambassador Quinn will hold meetings with H.E. Jose Graziano de Silva, the Director General of the UN-FAO, the Honorable Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme and H.E. Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development. All three heads of the UN Agencies have previously been featured speakers at the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue international symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

Following a trip to Israel, between May 25 and June 2, and his participation in the International Agricultural Forum at EXPO2015 in Milan, Italy, Ambassador Quinn will be a featured speaker at the 9th World Chambers of Congress Annual Convention in Torino, Italy on June 10 – 12, which will be attended by more than 1,500 delegates from 120 countries. He will be part of a Plenary Session on June 12 titled, “A Sustainable World - Food, Water, Energy and Natural Resources.”

Ambassador Quinn said, “I am undertaking these speaking engagements in order to bring the legacy of World Food Prize founder, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, before a diverse assemblage of international participants from around the globe. In doing so, I will reiterate the theme of the 2014 World Food Prize symposium which identified the goal of feeding the more than 9 billion people who will be on our planet by the year 2050 as the single greatest challenge that humans have ever faced. Dr. Borlaug created the $250,000 World Food Prize to inspire those breakthrough achievements that will be needed to meet this objective and alleviate poverty and hunger around the globe.


Dr. Kenneth M. Quinn, former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, assumed the leadership of The World Food Prize Foundation on January 1, 2000, following his retirement from the State Department after a 32 year career in the Foreign Service. For his full bio, please visit


The World Food Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, 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, Denmark, Ethiopia, India, Israel, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States. The World Food Prize Foundation is based in Des Moines, Iowa, in the United States.

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