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.
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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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Before it was known as the Hall of Laureates, our building served as the Des Moines Public Library. As it was transforme...
01/14/2021

Before it was known as the Hall of Laureates, our building served as the Des Moines Public Library. As it was transformed many things changed, such as the addition of murals on the walls below the skylight. The one exception was the color palette, which still remains the same today as seen in this image.

M.S. Swaminathan was awarded the first World Food Prize back in 1987. He was selected due to the essential role he playe...
01/13/2021

M.S. Swaminathan was awarded the first World Food Prize back in 1987. He was selected due to the essential role he played developing and introducing high-yielding wheat and rice varieties into India during a time of widespread famine. His work saved millions from extreme food deprivation.

Since the Prize, Dr. Swaminathan has served as chair to many prestigious international conferences and has influenced research and many organizations. He even utilized his prize money to start the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation to encourage and support scientific collaboration for agricultural issues.
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If you have an important event coming up, host it at the Hall of Laureates! We offer a beautiful venue filled with art a...
01/12/2021

If you have an important event coming up, host it at the Hall of Laureates! We offer a beautiful venue filled with art and history in the perfect location. For more information and requests, go to https://www.halloflaureatesevents.org/

Don’t delay! Nominate today! Send in your nominations for the 2022 World Food Prize today! https://bit.ly/35niEeh #FoodP...
01/12/2021

Don’t delay! Nominate today! Send in your nominations for the 2022 World Food Prize today! https://bit.ly/35niEeh #FoodPrize22

The gardens at the Hall of Laureates are beautiful year-round! This time of year our gardens are dusted in snow and lit ...
01/11/2021

The gardens at the Hall of Laureates are beautiful year-round! This time of year our gardens are dusted in snow and lit with beautiful lights. However, we look forward to warmer weather that allows the spring tulips to flourish.

Did you know the Hall of Laureates, which was originally the Des Moines Public Library Building, was built on historic g...
01/10/2021

Did you know the Hall of Laureates, which was originally the Des Moines Public Library Building, was built on historic ground that during the Civil War stood as the state arsenal? Or that in 1905 a Des Moines resident used this property to pasture his cow?

Check out this excerpt from “Bridging a Century: Public Library of Des Moines 1866-1966,” a booklet held in the World Food Prize Foundation Archive, to learn more fun facts about the history of our building!

For our Saturday Spotlight we are sharing our artwork! Art can be found all throughout our beautiful, historic building....
01/09/2021

For our Saturday Spotlight we are sharing our artwork! Art can be found all throughout our beautiful, historic building. But to kick off our Saturday Spotlight we’ll start with the Ambassador Kenneth Quinn Iowa Gallery. It was christened last year in honor of the first World Food Prize President and is filled with art both donated and contracted from artists all around the world.

A fun fact for your timeline today! Before our building was the Hall of Laureates, it served as the Des Moines Public Li...
01/08/2021

A fun fact for your timeline today! Before our building was the Hall of Laureates, it served as the Des Moines Public Library. In 1977 the National Register of Historic Places officially registered the Library building as a historic landmark in Iowa.

A happy birthday to World Food Prize Laureate Jan Low. She received the award in 2016 for her exemplary work for combati...
01/08/2021

A happy birthday to World Food Prize Laureate Jan Low. She received the award in 2016 for her exemplary work for combating hunger by recognizing the potential of the orange fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) to reduce Vitamin A deficiency in Sub-Saharan Africa. She developed the “Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI),” a ten-year project to make sweet potatoes a staple crop in diets and economies in 17 African countries. Her work contributed to the decrease of “hidden hunger” for millions of people.
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Our Laureates continue to work hard and break barriers to eliminate hidden hunger around the globe. On Wednesdays, we wi...
01/06/2021

Our Laureates continue to work hard and break barriers to eliminate hidden hunger around the globe. On Wednesdays, we will highlight some of their recent initiatives. Our 2019 World Food Prize Laureate Simon Groot founded East-West Seed Company and has developed many vegetable seeds to be more resilient to extreme conditions. Furthermore, he has dedicated time to educate farmers, thus improving nutrition and increasing farmers’ incomes. Recently, Groot has taken his $250,000 prize and put it towards his Pumpkin Project, which aims to increase pumpkin production in Africa.
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Located downtown along the Des Moines River is the Hall of Laureates, a historic landmark filled with ornate detail and ...
01/05/2021

Located downtown along the Des Moines River is the Hall of Laureates, a historic landmark filled with ornate detail and grandeur featuring ethereal gardens and a full view of the Des Moines skyline. There is no better place in Iowa to host your special day. For more information and virtual tours, please visit https://bit.ly/3loBzek

Happy Nomination Season! The World Food Prize Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2022 World Food Prize. Nominat...
01/05/2021

Happy Nomination Season! The World Food Prize Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2022 World Food Prize. Nominate a deserving individual you know today! https://bit.ly/35niEeh #FoodPrize22

The Borlaug Ballroom is one of the most beautiful rooms in the building. It was named in honor of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug,...
01/04/2021

The Borlaug Ballroom is one of the most beautiful rooms in the building. It was named in honor of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, Father of the Green Revolution and one of the World Food Prize Foundation founders. Replicas of his three most notable awards adorn the walls.

Tune in every Sunday to see items from the World Food Prize Foundation Archive. This week’s highlight is a 1912 postcard...
01/03/2021

Tune in every Sunday to see items from the World Food Prize Foundation Archive. This week’s highlight is a 1912 postcard featuring the Des Moines Public Library building, which today is our Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates.

Do you know someone making strides toward feeding #9by50. Nominate them for the 2022 World Food Prize today! Nominations...
12/29/2020

Do you know someone making strides toward feeding #9by50. Nominate them for the 2022 World Food Prize today! Nominations close May 1. https://bit.ly/35niEeh #FoodPrize22

We invite you to nominate a deserving individual for the World Food Prize, which recognizes an individual each year who ...
12/22/2020

We invite you to nominate a deserving individual for the World Food Prize, which recognizes an individual each year who has made a positive contribution to the quality, quantity and availability of food. Nominations are being accepted through May 1. https://bit.ly/35niEeh #FoodPrize22

“Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.” -Norman BorlaugWhile food is a moral right, it is not a r...
12/15/2020

“Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.” -Norman Borlaug
While food is a moral right, it is not a reality for much of the world. Nominations for the World Food Prize are now open, seeking nominees who are working to make the moral right of food a reality for every person born into this world. Nominate today! https://bit.ly/35niEeh #FoodPrize22

Today our President, Barbara Stinson, joined agriculture and food systems experts as they reflected on the 50th annivers...
12/11/2020

Today our President, Barbara Stinson, joined agriculture and food systems experts as they reflected on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Norman Borlaug receiving the Nobel Peace Prize during “Nobel and Beyond: Building on the Legacy of a Hunger Fighter” hosted by the University of Minnesota. Remarks made by Hale Ann Tufan of Cornell University highlighted the impact of the Borlaug Legacy and how it still inspires today’s hunger fighters’ work on global hunger issues:

“As I think about Norman Borlaug and his legacy and 50 years ago today winning the Nobel Prize, I think of some of his last words and how it reflected how he lived and breathed this mission, Take it to the Farmer.”

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Tune in this Friday! Meghna Ravishankar, World Food Prize Foundation's Director of Planning, will moderate "How to Lift ...
12/09/2020

Tune in this Friday! Meghna Ravishankar, World Food Prize Foundation's Director of Planning, will moderate "How to Lift India's Smallholders Out of Poverty", hosted by FICCI and East-West Seed. Panelists include World Food Prize Laureates Dr. Rattan Lal (2020), Simon Groot (2019) and Dr. Surinder Kumar Vasal (2000) as well as a special appearance by Dr. Gurdev Singh Khush (1996). Register at: https://bit.ly/3otaBDl

Do you know someone who is making great strides in the field of food and agriculture? Are they making a positive contrib...
12/08/2020

Do you know someone who is making great strides in the field of food and agriculture? Are they making a positive contribution to the quality, quantity and availability of food in the world? If so, then nominate them for the World Food Prize. https://bit.ly/35niEeh #FoodPrize22

Congratulations Catherine Bertini! Our 2003 World Food Prize Laureate is the recipient of the University at Albany's 202...
12/07/2020
Rockefeller College 2020 Alumni Award Recipients

Congratulations Catherine Bertini! Our 2003 World Food Prize Laureate is the recipient of the University at Albany's 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award for her exceptional career in public service.
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Each year, Rockefeller College proudly bestows its highest honor on a number of distinguished individuals for their exemplary service to the public and to the College. This year, Rockefeller College is delighted to present Alumni Awards to the following extraordinary individuals for their achievemen...

The World Food Prize wishes a happy birthday to 2010 Laureate Jo Luck. During her career at Heifer International, Jo Luc...
12/05/2020

The World Food Prize wishes a happy birthday to 2010 Laureate Jo Luck. During her career at Heifer International, Jo Luck worked diligently to support, educate and fund smallholder farmers. One of her most impressive achievements was creating innovative public education initiatives to link grassroots donors in rich countries to recipients in developing countries. These initiatives provided education for farmers around the world and increased international knowledge and awareness of global hunger and poverty.
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Every year we award the most deserving candidates from public or private sectors that strive to combat hunger and unders...
12/02/2020
Charting the Impact of the World Food Prize Winners

Every year we award the most deserving candidates from public or private sectors that strive to combat hunger and understand that food is a fundamental human right, as our founder Norman Borlaug understood it to be. We are so appreciative to CropLife International for creating this insightful list featuring some of our Laureates' impacts beyond the Prize.
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Learn about World Food Prize laureates whose work has improved economic outcomes for farmers, increased the quality and quantity of food and saved countless lives.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 World Food Prize. We invite you to send in nominees who have made great ...
12/01/2020

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 World Food Prize. We invite you to send in nominees who have made great strides to combat hunger and extreme poverty by empowering farmers, improving food quality, and advancing food accessibility. This prestigious $250,000 award is known as the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture.” Nominate today! https://bit.ly/35niEeh #FoodPrize22

There is still time to apply for our Spring 2021 GWC Internship Program! www.worldfoodprize.org/gwcintern."The atmospher...
11/30/2020

There is still time to apply for our Spring 2021 GWC Internship Program! www.worldfoodprize.org/gwcintern.

"The atmosphere within the World Food Prize Foundation is astonishing, never once was I "just an intern", but always a valued member of the team. This was my first internship experience and I'm glad I was able to spend it with an organization as prestigious and valued as the World Food Prize Foundation." - Sydney Garrett, 2020 GWC Intern

Today we celebrate the birthday of the 1995 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Hans Rudolf Herren. In the 1970’s the mealybug...
11/30/2020

Today we celebrate the birthday of the 1995 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Hans Rudolf Herren. In the 1970’s the mealybug was accidentally introduced to the African ecosystem and quickly became a large threat to Africa’s staple crops and food security. Dr. Herren proposed a revolutionary idea to introduce a natural predator of the mealybug, the Paraguayan wasp, instead of using harsh pesticides that would also harm the African ecosystem. With his research, Dr. Herren almost single-handedly eliminated the threat to cassava production, averted disastrous famine, and saved upward of 20 million lives. He continues to combat hunger with his foundation, Biovision, which aims to fund and promote science-led sustainable development projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
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There is still time to apply for our Spring 2021 GWC Internship Program! www.worldfoodprize.org/gwcintern."The atmospher...
11/28/2020

There is still time to apply for our Spring 2021 GWC Internship Program! www.worldfoodprize.org/gwcintern.

"The atmosphere within the World Food Prize Foundation is astonishing, never once was I "just an intern", but always a valued member of the team. This was my first internship experience and I'm glad I was able to spend it with an organization as prestigious and valued as the World Food Prize Foundation." - Sydney Garrett, 2020 GWC Intern

There is still time to apply for our Spring 2021 GWC Internship Program! www.worldfoodprize.org/gwcintern."The atmospher...
11/26/2020

There is still time to apply for our Spring 2021 GWC Internship Program! www.worldfoodprize.org/gwcintern.

"The atmosphere within the World Food Prize Foundation is astonishing, never once was I "just an intern", but always a valued member of the team. This was my first internship experience and I'm glad I was able to spend it with an organization as prestigious and valued as the World Food Prize Foundation." - Sydney Garrett, 2020 GWC Intern

Today we celebrate the birthday and life of Dr. Verghese Kurien, the man who transformed India’s dairy industry. Dr. Kur...
11/26/2020

Today we celebrate the birthday and life of Dr. Verghese Kurien, the man who transformed India’s dairy industry. Dr. Kurien was the recipient of the 1989 World Food Prize for dynamic leadership and his exceptionally successful “Operation Flood.” This program allowed dairy farmers to own and operate milk production, processing, and marketing facilities. This increased the availability of nutritious dairy products across India and increased dairy exports. https://bit.ly/3m8hWHJ

There is still time to apply for our Spring 2021 GWC Internship Program! www.worldfoodprize.org/gwcintern."The atmospher...
11/24/2020

There is still time to apply for our Spring 2021 GWC Internship Program! www.worldfoodprize.org/gwcintern.

"The atmosphere within the World Food Prize Foundation is astonishing, never once was I "just an intern", but always a valued member of the team. This was my first internship experience and I'm glad I was able to spend it with an organization as prestigious and valued as the World Food Prize Foundation." - Sydney Garrett, 2020 GWC Intern

There is still time to apply for our Spring 2021 GWC Internship Program! www.worldfoodprize.org/gwcintern."The atmospher...
11/22/2020

There is still time to apply for our Spring 2021 GWC Internship Program! www.worldfoodprize.org/gwcintern.

"The atmosphere within the World Food Prize Foundation is astonishing, never once was I "just an intern", but always a valued member of the team. This was my first internship experience and I'm glad I was able to spend it with an organization as prestigious and valued as the World Food Prize Foundation." - Sydney Garrett, 2020 GWC Intern

In 1970 Norman Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize for his extraordinary work in combatting global hunger by improvin...
11/21/2020

In 1970 Norman Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize for his extraordinary work in combatting global hunger by improving the quality and increasing the quantity of wheat. Norman Borlaug stated in his acceptance speech, "Science, invention, and technology have given [humans] materials and methods for increasing [their] food supplies substantially and sometimes spectacularly."

The Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation released a wonderful tribute video in honor of the 50th anniversary of this momentous occasion. https://bit.ly/3kQ7t1Z

There is still time to apply for our Spring 2021 GWC Internship Program! www.worldfoodprize.org/gwcintern."The atmospher...
11/20/2020

There is still time to apply for our Spring 2021 GWC Internship Program! www.worldfoodprize.org/gwcintern.

"The atmosphere within the World Food Prize Foundation is astonishing, never once was I "just an intern", but always a valued member of the team. This was my first internship experience and I'm glad I was able to spend it with an organization as prestigious and valued as the World Food Prize Foundation." - Sydney Garrett, 2020 GWC Intern

The World Food Prize Foundation announced today that Austin Castillo-Leovan has joined its staff as a Program Coordinato...
11/19/2020

The World Food Prize Foundation announced today that Austin Castillo-Leovan has joined its staff as a Program Coordinator.

“Austin brings energy and passion to our team with his experience empowering and engaging our future leaders,” said Barbara Stinson, President of the World Food Prize Foundation. “I am confident that his approach to building relationships and relevant programs in youth education will be an asset to our Global Youth Programs.”

As a Program Coordinator, Mr. Castillo-Leovan is responsible for assisting the Director of Global Programs and Partnerships in the coordination, innovation and expansion of the Foundation’s youth empowerment and education programs around the world.

Sehgal Foundation is hosting a great virtual event featuring amazing young speakers (Saturday, Nov. 21st, 2020). The sch...
11/19/2020

Sehgal Foundation is hosting a great virtual event featuring amazing young speakers (Saturday, Nov. 21st, 2020). The schoolchildren are working hard on their presentations and please come listen to what they have to say. Please RSVP by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3kESJmJ

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100 Locust St
Des Moines, IA
50309

General information

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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Saturday 09:00 - 13:00

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A truly beautiful building!
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