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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The Hall of Laureates has the annual Holiday Open House today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.! Enjoy holiday cookies while listeni...
12/14/2019

The Hall of Laureates has the annual Holiday Open House today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.! Enjoy holiday cookies while listening to carolers as you wander the art galleries at this free, family event! https://bit.ly/2QkDjbu

Wow your guests, impress your mother-in-law and have access to the most spectacular picture-perfect space in the Midwest...
12/09/2019

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...
11/25/2019

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...
11/18/2019

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

Interested in learning more about the next #FoodPrizePresident? Check out our website https://bit.ly/32zJJGs
11/12/2019

Interested in learning more about the next #FoodPrizePresident? Check out our website https://bit.ly/32zJJGs

The World Food Prize Foundation, the foremost international organization recognizing the achievements of individuals who...
11/12/2019

The World Food Prize Foundation, the foremost international organization recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world, announced today that Barbara Stinson has been named President of the organization, effective January 4, 2020.

Ms. Stinson previously served as a co-founder and Senior Partner of the Meridian Institute, a renowned non-profit organization that guides collaboration and drives action to address our world’s most complex challenges. She will succeed Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, whose 20-year presidency established the international reputation and secured the legacy of the World Food Prize. Ms. Stinson will become the second president of the Foundation since Dr. Norman Borlaug established it in 1986.

“The Board, Council of Advisors and I are delighted Barbara will join the World Food Prize Foundation as our next President. We look forward to her leading the Foundation’s next era as we continue to advance Borlaug’s mission of increasing agricultural productivity and education globally,” said John Ruan III, Chairman of the World Food Prize Foundation. “Based on her impeccable policy credentials, ability to convene diverse groups of people to advance a common purpose, proven business management skills and passion for our purpose, I am confident that Barbara is the right leader to uphold the outstanding reputation of the World Food Prize while expanding the impact of our programs to address pressing global challenges, including nutrition, climate change, water and soil management, gender equity and youth engagement.” #FoodPrizePresident

Wow your guests, impress your mother-in-law and have access to the most spectacular picture-perfect space in the Midwest...
11/11/2019

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...
10/28/2019

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...
10/21/2019

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

Wow your guests, impress your mother-in-law and have access to the most spectacular picture-perfect space in the Midwest...
10/14/2019

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

The World Food Prize Foundation announced today the selection of 18 students for its prestigious George Washington Carve...
10/02/2019

The World Food Prize Foundation announced today the selection of 18 students for its prestigious George Washington Carver (GWC) internship program this Fall. Since its inception in 2001, the GWC internship program has impacted over 300 students.

Each academic semester and summer, a group of highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students are chosen for this unique program, which provides interns with the opportunity to take significant responsibility and initiative in planning and carrying out a wide range of the Foundation’s projects.

Eighteen interns from Drake University, Iowa State University, the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa will learn first-hand both the public and private side of operating an international non-profit organization and increase their understanding of the international fight against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The GWC Interns will work one-on-one with a staff mentor, and play an integral role of this internationally renowned organization as well as the annual World Food Prize Week this October.

“Interns at the World Food Prize play an absolutely indispensable role in the planning and implementation of all World Food Prize programs,” said Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation. “The success of our upcoming Borlaug Dialogue symposium, youth education programs and Laureate Award Ceremony is dependent on their input and performance.”

More information about the George Washington Carver Internship can be found at www.worldfoodprize.org/gwcintern.

Wow your guests, impress your mother-in-law and have access to the most spectacular picture-perfect space in the Midwest...
09/30/2019

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

The World Food Prize and The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are pleased to announce that 30 collegiate students h...
09/27/2019

The World Food Prize and The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are pleased to announce that 30 collegiate students have completed the prestigious Wallace-Carver Fellowship. These students collaborated with world-renowned scientists and policymakers through paid fellowships at leading USDA research centers and offices across the country during the summer months.

“The Wallace-Carver Fellowship provides unparalleled research opportunities for university students to explore agricultural issues and become the next generation of agricultural leaders and innovators,” Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the World Food Prize, said. “These outstanding students are some of the most highly qualified and motivated students in America. This program gives them the opportunity to be inspired to pursue careers and future leadership positions as public servants in food, agriculture and science.”

While stationed at USDA, the students analyzed agricultural and economic policy; assisted in the management of food, nutrition and rural development programs; and took part in groundbreaking field and laboratory-based research. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2nYrzj1

The World Food Prize announced today that it will honor R.W. and Mary Nelson, founders of Kemin Industries, with the 201...
09/26/2019

The World Food Prize announced today that it will honor R.W. and Mary Nelson, founders of Kemin Industries, with the 2019 Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award. The award will be given to the Nelsons for their profound humanitarian commitment as manifested in their outreach to remote parts of distant countries to alleviate the suffering of villagers and help rebuild communities affected by devastating natural disasters as well as their many works of charity and assistance closer to home.

“From my first meeting with R.W. and Mary Nelson shortly after returning to Iowa to assume leadership of the World Food Prize until today, I have been incredibly impressed and deeply touched by their humanitarian instincts and commitment to alleviating human suffering no matter the ethnicity, religion, race or cultural background of the people involved,” said Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the World Food Prize. “ In that way, it can be said that R.W. and Mary truly emulate the humanitarian character that Gov. Ray displayed in his outreach to the Cambodian genocide victims in 1979 through the Iowa SHARES campaign.”

The award will be formally presented to R.W. and Mary at the Iowa Hunger Luncheon on October 14, 2019, at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott with the participation of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. The event is free and open to the public and Iowans are encouraged to RSVP for the event at www.iowahungersummit.org/register.

Wow your guests, impress your mother-in-law and have access to the most spectacular picture-perfect space in the Midwest...
09/16/2019

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

Wow your guests, impress your mother-in-law and have access to the most spectacular picture-perfect space in the Midwest...
09/09/2019

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

Do you want to help plan youth outreach and events for the World Food Prize and help educate the next generation of hung...
08/29/2019

Do you want to help plan youth outreach and events for the World Food Prize and help educate the next generation of hunger fighters? Apply for our fall Youth Programming internship today! There are only two spots left! https://bit.ly/2opWIsX

This painting features Jessie Field Shambaugh, the woman from Clarinda whose Corn Clubs and Home Clubs were the forerunn...
08/28/2019

This painting features Jessie Field Shambaugh, the woman from Clarinda whose Corn Clubs and Home Clubs were the forerunner of 4-H. On the chalkboard in this painting you will see the four words, “Head, Heart, Hands and Health,” which represent the organization’s four focus areas of personal development. The organization has more than 6.5 million members in the United States in approximately 90,000 clubs.

Shambaugh’s organizations, originally known as “3-H” Clubs, were the forerunners of today’s 4-H Clubs. Jessie Field Shambaugh was elected Superintendant of Schools for the entire Page County, a remarkable achievement for a woman at that time. In this position, she developed a plan for every one of Page County’s 130 one-room schools to have a Corn Club and a Home Club. In 1909, the Page County students won first place at the International Corn Show in Omaha, winning a new automobile, which they gave to Miss Jessie.

On the blackboard in the painting are the four words that represent the motto of 4-H; interestingly, the words “Head, Heart and Hands” were first expressed by the French educator Ferdinand Buisson in 1893, and endorsed in a speech in 1902 by William Beardshear while president of Iowa State University. President Beardshear was also presiding over Iowa State at the time it admitted George Washington Carver as its first-ever black student in 1891.

Artist statement: “She was an educator, so I chose to depict her in a country school similar to the one she taught in at Goldenrod School in Page County, southwest Iowa. I researched the setting by visiting a one-room schoolhouse museum here in my town of Cedar Falls and by studying the history of Iowa's one-room country schools.” Plan your visit today - www.halloflaureates.org!

Wow your guests, impress your mother-in-law and have access to the most spectacular picture-perfect space in the Midwest...
08/26/2019

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

Do you want to help plan youth outreach and events for the World Food Prize and help educate the next generation of hung...
08/26/2019

Do you want to help plan youth outreach and events for the World Food Prize and help educate the next generation of hunger fighters? Apply for our fall Youth Programming internship today! There are only two spots left! https://bit.ly/2opWIsX

The World Food Prize Foundation announced today that Dr. Purvi Mehta, Head of Asia Agriculture for the Bill & Melinda Ga...
08/26/2019

The World Food Prize Foundation announced today that Dr. Purvi Mehta, Head of Asia Agriculture for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has joined the Council of Advisors.

“On behalf of Council Chair Paul Schickler and all of us at the World Food Prize Foundation, I want to express our great pleasure that Dr. Purvi Mehta has agreed to join our Council of Advisors,” said Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize. “Over the past two decades, in positions within the CGIAR research system and international development organizations, Dr. Purvi Mehta has been at the forefront of strategies and efforts to uplift poor smallholder farmers, particularly in South Asia, through scientific innovation, enhanced research and policy reform. As such, she has a great capacity to help shape and influence World Food Prize educational and youth programs.”

On the Council, Dr. Mehta will review, advise and guide the World Food Prize leadership on their policies as well as the design and implementation of Foundation programs. Other responsibilities delegated to Dr. Mehta include participating in appointing members of the World Food Prize Laureate Selection Committee and endorsing the Selection Committee’s choice of a new Laureate each year.

The World Food Prize announced today that the application process for the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program ...
08/21/2019

The World Food Prize announced today that the application process for the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program has opened and Ellen Franzenburg has been named the new director of this prestigious program.

The eight-week program gives high school students the opportunity of a lifetime for a hands-on experience working alongside world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers around the world. The prestigious internship has sent over 300 students to Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

The Borlaug-Ruan Internship is unique from other study abroad programs because it allows participants to be an integral part of original research projects. The students not only get to work with critically acclaimed scientists, but also get a firsthand glimpse of pressing food security problems and nutritional obstacles in poverty-stricken regions of the developing world.

Eligible is any student who has participated in the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute and is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/2ZiBWPC #FoodPrize19

The painting of an African Woman engaged in agricultural production was a personal gift of Tanzanian president Jakaya Ki...
08/21/2019

The painting of an African Woman engaged in agricultural production was a personal gift of Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the World Food Prize. It was presented by the Prime Minister of Tanzania Mizengo Pindaand H.E. Jakaya Kikwete in a ceremony during the Borlaug Dialogue Symposium. It was intended as a special gesture on the opening of the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. Plan your visit today - www.halloflaureates.org!

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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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