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Women and Agriculture: The Road to Global Security



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Women and Agriculture: The Road to Global Security

Des Moines, Iowa (March 28, 2016) – In honor of Dr. Norman Borlaug’s 102nd birthday and International Women’s Day the World Food Prize Foundation, in collaboration with Oxfam America and Foods Resource Bank, is hosting “Women and Agriculture: The Road to Global Security” on March 29 at the Hall of Laureates. 

The Honorable Joni Ernst, Iowa’s first female senator and an agriculture advocate, will keynote the presentation as she focuses on the importance of women’s role in global security.

Ernst will be joined by Olga Tumax, a Guatemalan farmer who has taught women in remote villages how to prepare organic pesticides, build low-cost greenhouses and add nutritional options to their food supply. Tumax will center her presentation on her experience in the field.

Nora Tobin, the Executive Director of Self-Help International, will also present her organization’s work in empowering women in Ghana and Hugo Garrido from Foods Resource Bank’s food security program in Guatemala will discuss his experiences with rural families in the region.

Senator Joni Ernst (Keynote Speaker)
Olga Tumax from Guatemala (Smallholder Farmer)

March 29, 2016
Exhibits open at 6:00 p.m. and program begins at 7:00 p.m. 

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
100 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE:  The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The 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 throughout the world. Thirty-nine laureates have been recognized from Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Israel, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States. The World Food Prize annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium and a variety of youth education programs to help further the discussion on cutting-edge hunger and food security issues and inspire the next generation to end hunger.


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