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Top 10 Featured Highlights of the 2018 World Food Prize Week

 
By Ambassador Kenneth Quinn
President of the World Food Prize

The World Food Prize, stated be the equivalent of the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture,” is a $250,000 award created by Iowa’s great agricultural hero Dr. Norman Borlaug. It is presented each year in the magnificent Iowa State Capitol on or about October 16, celebrated around the globe as World Food Day. In honor of this year’s events, here are ten reasons you should participate in the 2018 World Food Prize Week.

  1. JOIN AN INSPIRING ARRAY OF HUNGER FIGHTERS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Des Moines and Iowa are the hunger fighting capital of the world, convening business leaders, heads of state, scientific experts and farmers in one of the world’s most premier conventions on global agriculture. With 19 World Food Prize Laureates present, there will be more life-saving achievement gathered in Des Moines then at any other celebration of World Food Day anywhere around the globe.

  1. SEE THE WORLD PREMIERE OF AN INNOVATIVE PUBLIC ART PERFORMANCE

In conjunction with the Des Moines Public Art Commission, the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates will be the site and canvas for the World Premiere of “Mental Banquet: Painting with Lights,” a dazzling outdoor art projection light show by the acclaimed artist Oyoram. Two FREE showings will take place on Sunday, October 14 at 8pm and Tuesday, October 16 at 9pm.

  1. HONOR GOVERNOR ROBERT D. RAY’S HUMANITARIAN LEGACY

On October 15, the FREE Iowa Hunger Summit and Hunger Luncheon at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel will honor the legacy of the late Iowa Governor Robert D. Ray and the 1979 Iowa SHARES campaign to aid the victims of the Cambodian Genocide. This event is free to attend, but registration is required. To register and find out more, visit www.iowahungersummit.org/register.

  1. ATTEND THE DES MOINES HUNGER HIKE & HALL OF LAUREATES OPEN HOUSE

Raise awareness and visibility of hunger by participating in the Des Moines Area Annual Hunger Hike. To coincide with this event, the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates along the Principal Riverwalk is open for FREE tours on Sunday, October 14, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Be sure to visit the Janis and John Ruan III Garden, which has just been certified as part of the Smithsonian Archive of American Gardens.

  1. HEAR THE STORY OF THE 2018 LAUREATES WHO SAVED 10 MILLION CHILDREN FROM MALNUTRITION AND STUNTING

The 2018 World Food Prize Laureates Dr. Lawrence Haddad and Dr. David Nabarro will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture at 8pm on Monday, October 15, at the Memorial Union on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames. The lecture is a chance to hear directly from the Laureates about their incredible, life-saving work. This event is FREE and open to the public.

  1. WATCH THE “OSCARS OF AGRICULTURE” ON IPTV at 8 PM

The World Food Prize will be presented to our 2018 Laureates in a pomp-filled ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol on the evening of Thursday, October 18. While the event itself is by invitation only, you can watch it on IPTV at 8pm.

  1. COMMEMORATE EFFORTS OF HUMANITARIAN INITIATIVES

At the 2009 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, Bill Gates launched a multi-billion dollar initiative to reduce malnutrition and uplift African agriculture. Nine years later, watch as the world reconvenes and celebrates two individuals who met this challenge.

  1. THE CEOs OF TWO OF THE TOP AGRI-BUSINESS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD WILL HEADLINE THE BORLAUG DIALOGUE SYMPOSIUM

The World Food Prize brings more CEOs to Iowa than any other organization. This year, watch as James Collins, Chief Operating Officer of Corteva Agriscience, DowDuPont; and Liam Condon, President of the Crop Science Division at Bayer deliver keynote addresses.  

  1. OVER $275,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE HAVE BEEN AWARDED TO STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN WORLD FOOD PRIZE YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS.

This year, 480 students and teachers from 10 different countries will gather at the Global Youth Institute to discuss pressing food security and agricultural issues with international experts.

  1. OVER $100 MILLION CONTRIBUTED TO THE IOWA ECONOMY

Since being rescued in 1990 by John Ruan, Sr., the World Food Prize has contributed over $100 million to the Iowa economy. The more than 1,000 participants in the World Food Priz, from 40 to 50 countries support local Des Moines business and industry.


The 2018 Symposium will be held from Wednesday October 17 through Friday October 19. Iowa private citizens can register at a special reduced rate at www.worldfoodprize.org/register. If you can’t attend this year’s Borlaug Dialogue, watch keynote speakers and experts through our livestream! Visit www.worldfoodprize.org/live to view featured events, and click on the event you would like to stream.

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