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Press Registration Now Open For 2017 World Food Prize Week of Events


Media from across the world cover World Food Prize events

Des Moines, Iowa (Aug 28, 2017) – Press registration for the 2017 World Food Prize Week of Events held Oct 16-21 in Des Moines, Iowa, is now open. The highlight of the events, the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, will convene an incredible array of international leaders, experts and scientists to discuss and address critical issues facing global food security. The 2017 conference, themed “The Road out of Poverty,” will focus on the power of treating agriculture as a business and the impact of “bringing it to the farmer” as founder Norman Borlaug advocated and as the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Akinwumi Adesina demonstrated.

Verified members of the press will need to produce a valid press badge onsite in order to collect their credentials for access to any events during the World Food Prize Week of Events. Event organizers cannot guarantee entry to media that have not registered ahead of time.

The 2017 World Food Prize week of events consists of the Iowa Hunger Summit, the Borlaug Dialogue, the Laureate Award Ceremony, and the Global Youth Institute. Press should indicate on the registration form which events they are interested in covering.

Bloggers are also welcome to apply in advance to cover the event as a media partner, which grants the same event access as an accredited press. For application details please contact Nicole Barreca at  Space is limited and for security purposes, event organizers cannot guarantee entry to bloggers that have not been cleared for registration ahead of time.

Highlighted speakers for the year include:

  • Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank
  • Louise Fresco, President, Wageningen University and Research
  • Agnes M. Kalibata, President, AGRA
  • Samuel Allen, CEO, John Deere
  • Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director, Library of Alexandria
  • April Mason, Provost and Senior Vice President, Kansas State University
  • Victor Villalobos, Director General, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture
  • Tim Hassinger, President and CEO, Lindsay Corporation
  • Amb. James Collins, former Ambassador to the Russian Federation, United States Department of State

Discussion Topics and Highlights of the program will include:

  • Relationships among conservation, trade and agricultural productivity in Latin America
  • A global snapshot of fertilizer use and impact around the globe
  • Securing Africa’s farming future by fostering young African farmers
  • The transformation of Eurasian and Russian agriculture from famine to feast
  • The roles of dairy in encouraging global economic development
  • Biotech research and knowledge transfer in specialty crops
  • New methods of climate-proofing smallholder farms in Sub-Saharan Africa

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 46 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. 

Press Contact:

Nicole Barreca, Director of Communications and Event
+1.515.245.3735 (direct), +1.563.271.2995 (cell), or

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