World Food Prize Hall of Laureates

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates The World Food Prize Foundation welcomes you to the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates, in the historic former Des Moines Public Library building.
The World Food Prize was conceived by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1986, The World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. Laureates have been recognized from Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, Cuba, Denmark, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Israel, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States. In 1990, Des Moines businessman and philanthropist John Ruan assumed sponsorship of The Prize and established The World Food Prize Foundation, located in Des Moines, Iowa. The World Food Prize also annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium to bring the world's foremost experts together to discuss cutting-edge issues in food security, and multiple youth education programs to inspire the next generation to study and work in fields related to global agriculture.
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02/23/2020

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Interested in touring the beautiful World Food Prize Hall of Laureates? Join us on Tuesdays and Saturdays for free, publ...
02/22/2020

Interested in touring the beautiful World Food Prize Hall of Laureates? Join us on Tuesdays and Saturdays for free, public tours. See more details including information regarding private or group tours at https://bit.ly/2KipMuJ
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This week in recognizing past World Food Prize Laureates, we recognize 1991 Laureate, Dr. Nevin S. Scrimshaw of the Unit...
02/21/2020

This week in recognizing past World Food Prize Laureates, we recognize 1991 Laureate, Dr. Nevin S. Scrimshaw of the United States.

Dr. Nevin S. Scrimshaw was awarded the World Food Prize in 1991 for his efforts in combating the "hidden hunger" of malnutrition. His efforts improved the diets of millions by pioneering nutrition programs using affordable and locally produced foods to fight numerous deficiencies, primarily in Guatemala and India.

To read more about Dr. Nevin S. Scrimshaw's breakthroughs in food security and malnutrition, go to https://bit.ly/38n3Cng

Today is the World Day of Social Justice! This years theme is "Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice," ...
02/20/2020

Today is the World Day of Social Justice! This years theme is "Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice," and on behalf of the World Food Prize we want to use this as an opportunity to recognize the achievements and advances that have been made by our 2003 Laureate, Catherine Bertini. Not only has Catherine Bertini transformed the United Nations World Food Programme into the largest humanitarian relief organization in the world, but she has dedicated her career to the advancement of girls and women and proven to be a phenomenal role model to many.

To read more about the World Day of Social Justice, click here: https://bit.ly/2O55eun

To read more about Catherine Bertini and her contributions to food security and social justice, click here: https://bit.ly/36wRoHh

Get out of the cold and join us every Tuesday for guided tours, free to the public! Tour times are 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m....
02/18/2020

Get out of the cold and join us every Tuesday for guided tours, free to the public! Tour times are 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. More tour details can be found at https://bit.ly/2KipMuJ

Join us on Saturdays for free public tours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates! It may be co...
02/15/2020

Join us on Saturdays for free public tours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates! It may be cold outside, but our Hall of Laureates is nice and warm.

02/14/2020

This week in recognizing past World Food Prize Laureates, we recognize 1990 Laureate, Dr. John S. Niederhauser of the United States.

Dr. John S. Niederhauser of the Rockefeller Foundation and the International Potato Center was awarded the World Food Prize for his research on Mexican Wild Potatoes. His research led to an increase in global production of potatoes and a successful resistance to disease.

To read more about Dr. John S. Niederhauser and his contributions to food security, go to https://bit.ly/2NMnIzC

02/14/2020
KCCI News Clip Honoring John Ruan Sr.'s Successes

In remembering John Ruan Sr. today, the World Food Prize presents you with a short video from KCCI News in 2001. This video highlights Mr. Ruan's successes during his career and the impact he has made right here in Des Moines. His massive influence on the local, national and international level lives on today. Thank you for your contributions, John Ruan Sr.

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On this day, February 14, 2010, John Ruan Sr. passed away at age 96. We recognize the impact he has had on the World Foo...
02/14/2020

On this day, February 14, 2010, John Ruan Sr. passed away at age 96. We recognize the impact he has had on the World Food Prize Foundation and the lives of many. Without Mr. Ruan's generosity, the World Food Prize would not be where it is today. Today marks ten years since his passing, but his legacy continues to live on. We thank you, John Ruan Sr.
February 11, 1914 – February 14, 2010
To read more about John Ruan Sr. and his contributions to the World Food Prize, go to https://bit.ly/2U5c32S

Get out of the cold and join us every Tuesday for guided tours, free to the public! Tour times are 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m....
02/11/2020

Get out of the cold and join us every Tuesday for guided tours, free to the public! Tour times are 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. More tour details can be found at https://bit.ly/2KipMuJ

Join us on Saturdays for free public tours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates! It may be co...
02/08/2020

Join us on Saturdays for free public tours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates! It may be cold outside, but our Hall of Laureates is nice and warm.

02/07/2020

This week in recognizing past World Food Prize Laureates, we recognize 1989 Laureate, Dr. Verghese Kurien of India.

Dr. Verghese Kurien transformed India's dairy industry, making India the largest milk producing country in the world. Kurien's organization "Operation Flood" organized 86,000 farmer-owned cooperatives to produce, process and market milk for many areas in India, providing nearly 250 million people with enhanced nutrition.

To read more about Dr. Verghese Kurien and his impact, go to https://bit.ly/3azL7Oj

Get out of the cold and join us every Tuesday for guided tours, free to the public! Tour times are 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m....
02/04/2020

Get out of the cold and join us every Tuesday for guided tours, free to the public! Tour times are 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. More tour details can be found at https://bit.ly/2KipMuJ

We're missing warm, summer weather at our Hall of Laureates garden today... Are you?#WorldFoodPrize #HallofLaureates #Ga...
02/03/2020

We're missing warm, summer weather at our Hall of Laureates garden today... Are you?

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02/02/2020

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Join us on Saturdays for free public tours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates! It may be co...
02/01/2020

Join us on Saturdays for free public tours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates! It may be cold outside, but our Hall of Laureates is nice and warm.

The World Food Prize was honored to officially welcome our new President Barbara Stinson last night at the Hall of Laure...
01/31/2020

The World Food Prize was honored to officially welcome our new President Barbara Stinson last night at the Hall of Laureates! #FoodPrize20

Her tenure will be marked by several principles she holds dear:
-Engage diverse points of view and allow for open, constructive debate on the critical issues;
-Identify shared priorities and opportunities for collaboration to achieve faster results; and
-Communicate results, solicit feedback and be open to changes and adjustments along the way.

Read more about her vision at https://bit.ly/3b1BtnS.

This week in recognizing World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, we recognize 1988 Laureate, Dr. Robert F. Chandler of the U...
01/31/2020

This week in recognizing World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, we recognize 1988 Laureate, Dr. Robert F. Chandler of the United States.

Dr. Robert F. Chandler was awarded the World Food Prize in 1988 as the founding directopr of the International rice Research Institute in the Philippines and the World Vegetable Center in Taiwan. Chandler paved the way for the creation of a network of 15 additional international agricultural research centers, producing a generation of breakthrough achievements in food and agriculture.

To read more about Dr. Robert F. Chandler, go to https://bit.ly/2TLnYT2

Our garden at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates is still breathtaking underneath a layer of snow! Come see for your...
01/30/2020

Our garden at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates is still breathtaking underneath a layer of snow! Come see for yourself- free, public tours occur on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Photos by Jim Heemstra

01/29/2020

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Get out of the cold and join us every Tuesday for guided tours, free to the public! Tour times are 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m....
01/28/2020

Get out of the cold and join us every Tuesday for guided tours, free to the public! Tour times are 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. More tour details can be found at https://bit.ly/2KipMuJ

Did you know that the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates is LEED Platinum Certified? Not only is the Hall of Laureates b...
01/27/2020

Did you know that the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates is LEED Platinum Certified? Not only is the Hall of Laureates beautiful to look at, but it is also committed to energy efficiency and resource conservation.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certification is the highest possible energy and resource conservation certification that a building can receive. This level of certification is extremely difficult in new construction and nearly impossible in century old buildings, such as the Hall of Laureates. Only a handful of buildings in the entire Nation are both LEED Platinum Certified and on the National Register of Historic Places, making the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates a leading example in efficiency and conservation.

To read more about the Hall of Laureates LEED Platinum Certification, go to https://bit.ly/2NMPuf4

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01/26/2020

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Join us on Saturdays for free public tours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates! It may be co...
01/25/2020

Join us on Saturdays for free public tours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates! It may be cold outside, but our Hall of Laureates is nice and warm.

On Fridays, The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates will begin honoring past World Food Prize Laureates as a reminder of ...
01/24/2020

On Fridays, The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates will begin honoring past World Food Prize Laureates as a reminder of the incredible individuals who have made a profound impact in improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

Dr. M.S. Swaminathan from India was the first World Food Prize Laureate in 1987. M.S. Swaminathan was honored as the first World Food Prize Laureate for developing and introducing high-yielding wheat and rice varieties in India during the 1960s, a time where the country was facing a likely famine. Wheat production doubled because of Dr. M.S. Swaminathan's contributions, saving millions from food deprivation.

To read more about Dr. M.S. Swaminathan and his contributions to food security, go to https://bit.ly/2Ge1lyF

Welcome to World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Artwork Wednesday! Every Wednesday we will feature a piece of artwork that...
01/22/2020

Welcome to World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Artwork Wednesday! Every Wednesday we will feature a piece of artwork that is on display in our beautiful Hall of Laureates. Come in for a free public tour on Tuesdays and Saturdays to see the artwork for yourself.

This 20-foot-high stained glass window is centrally located atop the grand staircase. This window art portrays a farm family in a classical setting such as Greece or Rome. Ambassador Kenneth Quinn developed the concept for the window based on a sculpture by Christian Peterson, a Danish born artist who was in residence at Iowa State University for 20 years. Following approval of the image from the President of Iowa State University, it was created by an Afghani husband and wife at Franz Meyer studio in Munich, Germany in 2011.

For public tour information, visit us at https://bit.ly/2KipMuJ

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The Iowa Gallery, located on the Mezzanine level of the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, holds a total of 20 original...
01/20/2020

The Iowa Gallery, located on the Mezzanine level of the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, holds a total of 20 original works by Iowa artists to showcase Iowa's agricultural and humanitarian heritage.

"Pantheon of Iowa Heroes" was created by Gary Kelley of Cedar Falls, Iowa, in 2008. This piece is prominent in the Iowa Gallery, as it covers the entire north wall. This painting depicts some of Iowa's most influential figures in the fight against hunger sitting on the front porch of Dr. Norman Borlaug's childhood farm home. The figures from left to right include Jessie Field Shambaugh, Herbert Hoover, George Washington Carver and Henry A. Wallace, with Dr. Norman Borlaug standing to the far right of the painting. Come in for a free public tour on Tuesdays and Saturdays to see this magnificent piece, as well as many others, in the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates.

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Have you had a chance to see our beautiful mural room? Located on the ground floor of the World Food Prize Hall of Laure...
01/19/2020

Have you had a chance to see our beautiful mural room? Located on the ground floor of the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, visitors can find this beautiful 360-degree mural painted along the wall. "A Social History of Des Moines," by Harry Donald Jones and his team, features a colorful array of Des Moines history from prehistoric times up until the point of its creation in the mid-1930's. Join us for a free public tour on Tuesdays and Saturdays to check it out!

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Join us at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates on Tuesdays and Saturdays for free tours to the public, or schedule a ...
01/18/2020

Join us at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates on Tuesdays and Saturdays for free tours to the public, or schedule a private tour for you and a group! See more details at https://bit.ly/2KipMuJ

In 2006, Howard Buffett, son of Warren Buffett, set out on a journey to assist people all over the world lacking basic f...
01/17/2020

In 2006, Howard Buffett, son of Warren Buffett, set out on a journey to assist people all over the world lacking basic food security. He documented this journey through a series of photos in accompaniment with his book, "40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World." Join us at the Hall of Laureates Howard Buffett Photography Exhibit to see the photos Buffett captured on his international journey to bring food security to individuals everywhere and get a glimpse into life around the world.

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Special event coming up soon? Consider renting the Hall of Laureates for your upcoming occasion. One of the most impress...
01/16/2020

Special event coming up soon? Consider renting the Hall of Laureates for your upcoming occasion. One of the most impressive venues in the central Iowa area, the Hall of Laureates is the perfect setting for your wedding, conference or other upcoming event. With picturesque backgrounds and a rich history throughout the building, the Hall of Laureates is a wonderful space for any occasion. See more at https://bit.ly/2spYpMj

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Welcome to World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Artwork Wednesday! Every Wednesday we will feature a piece of artwork that...
01/15/2020

Welcome to World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Artwork Wednesday! Every Wednesday we will feature a piece of artwork that is on display in our beautiful Hall of Laureates. Come in for a free public tour on Tuesdays and Saturdays to see the artwork for yourself.

Featured below is the painting by Douglas Eckheart titled "Borlaug Farm." This painting depicts Dr. Norman Borlaug's childhood farm home in Iowa. This marvelous oil painting was commissioned by Ambassador Kenneth Quinn in 2001 as part of a celebration for the 15th Anniversary of the World Food Prize. "Borlaug Farm" can be found hanging in the Borlaug Ballroom.

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Join us at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates on Tuesdays and Saturdays for free tours to the public, or schedule a ...
01/14/2020

Join us at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates on Tuesdays and Saturdays for free tours to the public, or schedule a private tour for you and a group! See more details at https://bit.ly/2KipMuJ

The World Food Prize Foundation is proud to announce a new blog series featuring President Barbara Stinson! As she begin...
01/14/2020

The World Food Prize Foundation is proud to announce a new blog series featuring President Barbara Stinson! As she begins her tenure at the WFPF she is eager to communicate with everyone involved with the organization. To report the progress and address topics related to the work of the Foundation, she use this blog to connect with each of you about the next era of the World Food Prize Foundation. Read today's blog - Welcome to the Next Era of the World Food Prize Foundation - at https://bit.ly/2QQBjHW. #FoodPrize20

01/11/2020

Due to the severe winter weather at this time the Hall of Laureates will be closed for tours tomorrow, Saturday January 18, 2020.

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12/30/2019

Wow your guests, impress your mother-in-law and have access to the most spectacular picture-perfect space in the Midwest – The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. Added bonus: feel like royalty with our unparalleled grand staircase, two incredible ballrooms, the best bathrooms in the city, and wave like Princess Kate from our elegant balcony. Make every guest a VIP, the Hall of Laureates way! More information at www.halloflaureatesevents.org

Wow your guests, impress your mother-in-law and have access to the most spectacular picture-perfect space in the Midwest...
12/23/2019

Wow your guests, impress your mother-in-law and have access to the most spectacular picture-perfect space in the Midwest – The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. Added bonus: feel like royalty with our unparalleled grand staircase, two incredible ballrooms, the best bathrooms in the city, and wave like Princess Kate from our elegant balcony. Make every guest a VIP, the Hall of Laureates way! More information at www.halloflaureatesevents.org Photo Credit: Lauren Konrad

On behalf of all of the World Food Prize Laureates and our Council of Advisors, the World Food Prize Foundation extends ...
12/20/2019

On behalf of all of the World Food Prize Laureates and our Council of Advisors, the World Food Prize Foundation extends its deepest condolences to Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed and the family, friends and BRAC colleagues of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, 2015 World Food Prize Laureate, who passed away on December 20, 2019.

Sir Fazle was honored as the 2015 World Food Prize Laureate for his unparalleled achievement in building BRAC, a unique, integrated development organization that many have hailed as the most effective anti-poverty organization in the world.

Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation, paid tribute to Sir Fazle, stating, “Sir Fazle made an essential contribution to the single greatest period of poverty reduction in human history. He was an inspiration to so many, especially the millions of women and girls who have been empowered through BRAC. His memory will be preserved by the thousands of families in Bangladesh and all over the world that have benefited from his and BRAC’s efforts, and here in the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines, Iowa.”

Sir Fazle, who was knighted by the British Crown in 2009, grew BRAC (formerly known as Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) into the world’s largest non-governmental organization. BRAC has provided the opportunity for nearly 150 million people worldwide to improve their lives, have enhanced food security and follow a pathway out of poverty. The scale and impact of BRAC's work in Bangladesh and ten other countries is unprecedented.

He pioneered a new approach to development that has effectively and sustainably addressed the interconnectedness between hunger and poverty. In this regard, Sir Fazle broke new ground by melding scalable development models, scientific innovation, and local participation to confront the complex causes of poverty, hunger and powerlessness among the poor.

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Des Moines, IA
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The Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates - home of The World Food Prize - is a public museum, educational facility and place of inspiration for all Iowans. It is a magnificent setting where visitors can explore the awe-inspiring stories of some of Iowa’s greatest heroes, as well as the achievements of world-renowned scientists and leaders who are helping to feed the world. More than 100 pieces of specially commissioned artwork tell the stories of heroes such as Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, founder of the World Food Prize, as well as the 35 World Food Prize Laureates. Features within the building also showcase the history of agriculture. The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates serves as: - a world-class museum to recognize great achievements in agriculture and fighting hunger; - a convocation center at which to hold events during the World Food Prize International Symposium -- the Borlaug Dialogue; - a home for the expanding Global Youth Institute, which aims to inspire the next generation of leaders; - an educational facility featuring interactive displays on hunger and food security; - and a conference center and event space available to other groups and organizations for their meetings and other activities. This magnificently restored Beaux Arts space celebrates the spirit of giving, emphasizing the importance of global food security. Dr. Borlaug is honored for his role as the Father of the Green Revolution and the man who has saved more than one billion lives with his innovations in agriculture. The building also pays tribute to the World Food Prize Laureates and Iowa’s agricultural and humanitarian pioneers, for their significant contributions to the global fight against hunger and helping to feed the world and improve the lives of others. Walk-In Visitors: - Tuesdays: Guided Tours are given at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon and 1:30 p.m. - Saturdays: Self-Guided Tours, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Docents available to talk with visitors. - Sundays: Self-Guided Tours, Noon-3 p.m. Docents available to talk with visitors. Pre-Booked Tour Groups: Wednesdays and Thursdays have been reserved for group tours scheduled 10 business days in advance: - Wednesdays: Tours available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Please schedule in advance. - Thursdays: Tours available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Please schedule in advance. To schedule a tour, please contact Nicole Barreca, 515-245-3735. More details, including photos and videos of the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, are available at www.worldfoodprize.org/hall. Also check out The World Food Prize Foundation page: https://www.facebook.com/theworldfoodprize

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So disappointed that we were not able to tour inside today when we arrived during the public open hours. All of the doors were locked at 9:30 on a Saturday morning. Not sure what went wrong, but hope to get another chance. Please let me know if we could have tried something differently. Thank you.