U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary to Give Keynote Address
The 2017 winner of the prestigious $250,000 World Food Prize will be announced at the U.S Department of Agriculture, in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 26 at 11:30 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.
Jason Hafemeister, acting U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs will be presiding over the World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony.
The Hon. Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture will give the keynote address and Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the World Food Prize, will announce the name of the 2017 Laureate.
This event is open to the media. It will also be webcast live at https://www.facebook.com/USDA/. After the event, video clips will be available at https://www.facebook.com/USDA/ and www.worldfoodprize.org.
Monday, June 26 at 11:30 a.m. EDT
Pre-Set time for cameras is 10:30 a.m. from the Jefferson Drive Entrance
Media may access the Whitten Patio at 9:30 a.m. to begin set-up
United States Department of Agriculture
The Whitten Patio
1400 Jefferson Drive, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20024
This event is open to the media. All media must pre-register at www.worldfoodprize.org/mediaregistration.
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 45 outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions throughout the world. 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 global food security issues and inspire the next generation to end hunger.
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 July 12, 2017 at www.worldfoodprize.org/register.
More information, including a biography and photos of the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate, will be available online after the announcement, at www.worldfoodprize.org.
Media Inquiries for this event may be directed to:
Nicole Barreca, Director of Communications and Events, The World Food Prize | +1.515.245.3735 firstname.lastname@example.org