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Open to the Media: World Food Prize Honors Founder Dr. Norman Borlaug


World Food Prize President Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn invites the media to attend the Norman Borlaug Commemoration event at the Hall of Laureates on March 25, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. 

Featuring Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, the event will honor the legacy of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug who would have been 105 years old on Monday and the 5th anniversary of the installation of the Norman Borlaug Statue in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C in 2014. 

In addition to looking back on Dr. Borlaug’s legacy, Amb. Quinn will announce the theme for the 2019 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, a new program to engage students in STEM education and highlight upcoming events for the Foundation. 

When: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 6 p.m. 
Pre-set time for cameras is 5:45 p.m. 

Where: The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, 100 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa
Please use the front doors on the east/riverside of the building to enter the facility

What: Norman Borlaug Commemoration featuring Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and World Food Prize President, Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn

Featured Speakers:
Gov. Kim Reynolds - State of Iowa
Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn - President of the World Food Prize
Alejandro Muñoz - President, Latin America Corteva
Julie Borlaug - Dr. Borlaug’s Granddaughter
Benjamin Victor - Norman Borlaug Statue Sculptor

Additional Event: March 25 marks the 5th anniversary of the installation of the Norman E. Borlaug statue in the U.S. Capitol and the 105th anniversary of his birth. On Monday the World Food Prize will look back on Dr. Borlaug’s achievements in confronting hunger and promoting peace. We are opening the door to our Hall of Laureates building for a FREE open house from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., today, Monday, March 25. Visitors can take tours of the building, enjoy a children’s story time and discover the galleries with art talks by several of our Iowa Gallery Artists. For more information and a schedule of events, visit:

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 48 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.

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