The World Food Prize Foundation

World Food Prize Announces its 2016 Laureate

06/23/2016

MEDIA ADVISORY

Press Contact:
Nicole Barreca, Director of Communications and Events 
+1.515.245.3735 (direct), +1.563.271.2995 (cell), or nbarreca@worldfoodprize.org

World Food Prize Announces its 2016 Laureate
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Washington, D.C. (June 23, 2016) The 2016 winner of the prestigious $250,000 World Food Prize will be announced at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, June 28, at 11:00 a.m. EDT. Awarded by the World Food Prize Foundation, the Prize has been referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture” and is the most prominent global award recognizing an individual who has enhanced human development and confronted hunger by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Economic and Business Bureau Kurt Tong will host the World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony and Nancy Stetson, Special Representative for Global Food Security will deliver remarks from Secretary Kerry. 

Gayle Smith, the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development will give the keynote address and Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the World Food Prize, will announce the name of the 2016 Laureate.

This event is open to the media. It will also be webcast live at www.worldfoodprize.org/live and http://video.state.gov/live. After the event, video clips will be available at www.stateondemand.state.gov.

WHEN:

Tuesday, June 28, at 11:00 a.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. CDT

  • Pre-set time for video cameras: 9:45a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.
  • Final access time for writers and stills:10:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.


WHERE:

Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Media should enter via the 23rd Street entrance.

RSVPs:

This event is open to the media. Media interested in attending the event should contact Nicole Barreca at nbarreca@worldfoodprize.org.

Media must present one of the following for entry: (1) a U.S. government-issued identification card (State Department, White House, Congress, Defense Department, Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identity card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).

ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE:  

Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize, founded the World Food Prize in 1986. Borlaug saw the Prize as a means of establishing role models who would inspire others, and since then has been awarded to outstanding individuals who have made breakthrough achievements contributing to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. Past winners include ex President of Ghana, John Kufour; US Senators Bob Dole and George McGovern; Grameen Bank founder Dr Muhammad Yunus; and Ex Executive Director of the World Food Programme Catherine Bertini.

Each year, the Laureate is honored at a three-day symposium in October held in Des Moines, Iowa: home of the World Food Prize Foundation. Registration for the Borlaug Dialogue will be open on June 28, 2016, at www.worldfoodprize.org/register.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Twitter: @WorldFoodPrize
Facebook: /WorldFoodPrize
Hashtag: #FoodPrize16

More information, including a biography and photos of the 2016 World Food Prize Laureate, will be available online after the announcement.  

Media Inquiries for this event may be directed to:

Nicole Barreca, Director of Communications and Events 
+1.515.245.3735 (direct), +1.563.271.2995 (cell), or nbarreca@worldfoodprize.org

Kerry Humphrey, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs | EPPDMedia@state.gov

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