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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WEBINAR ALERT! Do not miss your chance to ask all your questions about submitting a nomination for the 2021 Borlaug Fiel...
05/12/2021

WEBINAR ALERT! Do not miss your chance to ask all your questions about submitting a nomination for the 2021 Borlaug Field Award Recipient! Register now at www.worldfoodprize.org/nominate! #BFA21

WEBINAR ALERT! Do not miss your chance to ask all your questions about submitting a nomination for the 2021 Borlaug Field Award Recipient! Register now at www.worldfoodprize.org/nominate! #BFA21

A big congrats to WFPF Youth Programs alum Nolan Monaghan who has been named a Udall Scholar!! 👏 👏 👏 The Udall Foundatio...
05/12/2021

A big congrats to WFPF Youth Programs alum Nolan Monaghan who has been named a Udall Scholar!! 👏 👏 👏 The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores & juniors for leadership public service, & commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. https://bit.ly/3bmitCk

A big congrats to WFPF Youth Programs alum Nolan Monaghan who has been named a Udall Scholar!! 👏 👏 👏 The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores & juniors for leadership public service, & commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. https://bit.ly/3bmitCk

“The choice of Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted as the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate by the Selection Committee preci...
05/11/2021

“The choice of Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted as the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate by the Selection Committee precisely meets the qualities envisioned by the award’s founder and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug, increasing and improving food production through scientific discovery. Dr. Thilsted has improved the production of small fish species and enabled fish delivery from the farmer to the consumer. The Council of Advisors congratulates Dr. Thilsted.” Paul Schickler, Chairman, WFP Council of Advisors. #FoodPrize21

“The choice of Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted as the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate by the Selection Committee precisely meets the qualities envisioned by the award’s founder and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug, increasing and improving food production through scientific discovery. Dr. Thilsted has improved the production of small fish species and enabled fish delivery from the farmer to the consumer. The Council of Advisors congratulates Dr. Thilsted.” Paul Schickler, Chairman, WFP Council of Advisors. #FoodPrize21

“Dr. Thilsted’s work has transformed the lives of millions of vulnerable people around the world. Her research on aquati...
05/11/2021

“Dr. Thilsted’s work has transformed the lives of millions of vulnerable people around the world. Her research on aquatic foods is a major contribution to the positive transformation of food, land and water systems in the climate crisis that we face today. Not only have her innovations improved health, incomes, and gender equality, but they have also boosted communities’ resilience and increased the quality and quantity of nutritious, climate-friendly foods available to them.” -Claudia Sadoff, CGIAR Executive Management Team Convener and Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact. #oneCGIAR #FoodPrize21

“Dr. Thilsted’s work has transformed the lives of millions of vulnerable people around the world. Her research on aquatic foods is a major contribution to the positive transformation of food, land and water systems in the climate crisis that we face today. Not only have her innovations improved health, incomes, and gender equality, but they have also boosted communities’ resilience and increased the quality and quantity of nutritious, climate-friendly foods available to them.” -Claudia Sadoff, CGIAR Executive Management Team Convener and Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact. #oneCGIAR #FoodPrize21

"This is a much-deserved award for a world-class food systems thinker. Dr. Thilsted's work on nutrition, fish, and aquat...
05/11/2021

"This is a much-deserved award for a world-class food systems thinker. Dr. Thilsted's work on nutrition, fish, and aquatic foods challenges us to think very critically about the scope of agricultural research and the urgent call to action to transform global food systems towards healthy and sustainable diets for all. Traditionally, agricultural research, nutrition policies, and development interventions have predominantly focused on staple crops and livestock. They are also informed by narratives and contexts in the Global North. However, Thilsted's trailblazing work on nutrition in Asia and Africa shows that fish and aquatic food systems are an integral part of food production, local diets, culture, child and maternal health, and general wellbeing. Therefore, fish and aquatic foods must occupy a more central role in future nutrition-focused interventions and policy and investment decisions for agricultural research and development that consider the need for a holistic and sustainable transformation of all food systems in land and water.” -Gareth Johnstone, WorldFish's Director-General #FoodPrize21

"This is a much-deserved award for a world-class food systems thinker. Dr. Thilsted's work on nutrition, fish, and aquatic foods challenges us to think very critically about the scope of agricultural research and the urgent call to action to transform global food systems towards healthy and sustainable diets for all. Traditionally, agricultural research, nutrition policies, and development interventions have predominantly focused on staple crops and livestock. They are also informed by narratives and contexts in the Global North. However, Thilsted's trailblazing work on nutrition in Asia and Africa shows that fish and aquatic food systems are an integral part of food production, local diets, culture, child and maternal health, and general wellbeing. Therefore, fish and aquatic foods must occupy a more central role in future nutrition-focused interventions and policy and investment decisions for agricultural research and development that consider the need for a holistic and sustainable transformation of all food systems in land and water.” -Gareth Johnstone, WorldFish's Director-General #FoodPrize21

“Dr. Thilsted’s long and successful career epitomizes the benefits of a food systems approach, harnessing aquatic foods ...
05/11/2021

“Dr. Thilsted’s long and successful career epitomizes the benefits of a food systems approach, harnessing aquatic foods for health, livelihoods and gender equality in a way that works with nature and not against it. I am thrilled to see Dr. Thilsted recognized by the World Food Prize Foundation, and delighted that this year’s Laureate has been Abel to share her world-leading expertise and knowledge with the Food Systems Summit in her work leading an Action Track on advancing inclusive livelihoods to improve the lives of people everywhere.” -Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit

“Dr. Thilsted’s long and successful career epitomizes the benefits of a food systems approach, harnessing aquatic foods for health, livelihoods and gender equality in a way that works with nature and not against it. I am thrilled to see Dr. Thilsted recognized by the World Food Prize Foundation, and delighted that this year’s Laureate has been Abel to share her world-leading expertise and knowledge with the Food Systems Summit in her work leading an Action Track on advancing inclusive livelihoods to improve the lives of people everywhere.” -Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit

05/11/2021
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Dr. Thilsted, our 2021 WFP Laureate is one of three authors of the newest UN Discussion Paper: "The role of aquatic foods in sustainable healthy diets." The paper discusses the essentiality of aquatic food systems and their potential in providing diverse micronutrients. To read, visit https://bit.ly/3eCdqj6. #FoodPrize21

We invite you to nominate a scientist, field researcher, teacher, or extension worker who has made significant strides t...
05/11/2021

We invite you to nominate a scientist, field researcher, teacher, or extension worker who has made significant strides to alleviate world hunger and poverty for the 2021 Borlaug Field Award. To find out more about this prestigious award and to send in your nominee head over to our website https://bit.ly/35niEeh #BFA21

We invite you to nominate a scientist, field researcher, teacher, or extension worker who has made significant strides to alleviate world hunger and poverty for the 2021 Borlaug Field Award. To find out more about this prestigious award and to send in your nominee head over to our website https://bit.ly/35niEeh #BFA21

“Nutrition is everybody’s business. Every country, every sector has a role to play. Good nutrition can improve human cap...
05/11/2021

“Nutrition is everybody’s business. Every country, every sector has a role to play. Good nutrition can improve human capital and drive sustainable development. We are proud Dr. Thilsted’s work is highlighting how aquatic foods can benefit both human health and the environment.” -Naoko Yamamoto, Chair, UN Nutrition

“Nutrition is everybody’s business. Every country, every sector has a role to play. Good nutrition can improve human capital and drive sustainable development. We are proud Dr. Thilsted’s work is highlighting how aquatic foods can benefit both human health and the environment.” -Naoko Yamamoto, Chair, UN Nutrition

“As our global population grows, we will need diverse sources of low-emission, high-nutrition foods like aquaculture. It...
05/11/2021

“As our global population grows, we will need diverse sources of low-emission, high-nutrition foods like aquaculture. It is going to be crucial in feeding the world while reducing our impact on the climate. Dr. Thilsted has been a leader in this effort and certainly a worthy recipient of the World Food Prize this year.” -Hon. Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, United States of America

“As our global population grows, we will need diverse sources of low-emission, high-nutrition foods like aquaculture. It is going to be crucial in feeding the world while reducing our impact on the climate. Dr. Thilsted has been a leader in this effort and certainly a worthy recipient of the World Food Prize this year.” -Hon. Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, United States of America

"Dr. Thilstead figured out how these nutrient-rich small fish can be raised locally and inexpensively. Now, millions of ...
05/11/2021

"Dr. Thilstead figured out how these nutrient-rich small fish can be raised locally and inexpensively. Now, millions of low-income families across many countries, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Burma, Zambia, Malawi are eating small fish regularly, dried and fresh, in everything from chestnuts to porridge, giving kids and breastfeeding mothers key nutrients that will protect children for a lifetime. That is all thanks to her." -Hon. Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State, United States of America

"Dr. Thilstead figured out how these nutrient-rich small fish can be raised locally and inexpensively. Now, millions of low-income families across many countries, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Burma, Zambia, Malawi are eating small fish regularly, dried and fresh, in everything from chestnuts to porridge, giving kids and breastfeeding mothers key nutrients that will protect children for a lifetime. That is all thanks to her." -Hon. Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State, United States of America

Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted of Trinidad and Tobago and Denmark will recieve the World Food Prize for developing h...
05/11/2021

Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted of Trinidad and Tobago and Denmark will recieve the World Food Prize for developing holistic, nutrition-sensitive approaches to aquaculture and food systems. #FoodPrize21

Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted of Trinidad and Tobago and Denmark will recieve the World Food Prize for developing holistic, nutrition-sensitive approaches to aquaculture and food systems. #FoodPrize21

“Dr. Thilsted is the seventh woman to be awarded the World Food Prize and the first woman of Asian heritage. She is at t...
05/11/2021

“Dr. Thilsted is the seventh woman to be awarded the World Food Prize and the first woman of Asian heritage. She is at the helm of our global progress in the UN Decade of Action and continues to stand at the forefront of innovation, pushing the boundaries of nutrition sensitive food systems, truly changing the conversation from not just feeding populations but nourishing them.” -Barbara Stinson, President, World Food Prize Foundation

“Dr. Thilsted is the seventh woman to be awarded the World Food Prize and the first woman of Asian heritage. She is at the helm of our global progress in the UN Decade of Action and continues to stand at the forefront of innovation, pushing the boundaries of nutrition sensitive food systems, truly changing the conversation from not just feeding populations but nourishing them.” -Barbara Stinson, President, World Food Prize Foundation

Congratulations to Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted of Trinidad and Tobago and Denmark, the 2021 World Food Prize Laur...
05/11/2021

Congratulations to Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted of Trinidad and Tobago and Denmark, the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate! #FoodPrize21

Congratulations to Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted of Trinidad and Tobago and Denmark, the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate! #FoodPrize21

Live in ONE HOUR: The 2021 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement! To watch the event, visit www.worldfoodprize.org/live...
05/11/2021

Live in ONE HOUR: The 2021 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement! To watch the event, visit www.worldfoodprize.org/live. You won't want to miss this! #FoodPrize21

Live in ONE HOUR: The 2021 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement! To watch the event, visit www.worldfoodprize.org/live. You won't want to miss this! #FoodPrize21

Only 1 DAY LEFT before the Announcement of the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate! Do not miss the first chance to learn abo...
05/10/2021

Only 1 DAY LEFT before the Announcement of the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate! Do not miss the first chance to learn about this individual's impressive life-time of achievements. Register to attend at www.worldfoodprize.org/register. #FoodPrize21

Only 1 DAY LEFT before the Announcement of the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate! Do not miss the first chance to learn about this individual's impressive life-time of achievements. Register to attend at www.worldfoodprize.org/register. #FoodPrize21

2 DAYS left to register for the Announcement of the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May...
05/09/2021

2 DAYS left to register for the Announcement of the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 11, at 9 a.m. EDT / 8 a.m. to celebrate this prominent individual fighting to end global hunger. Register to attend at www.worldfoodprize.org/register. #FoodPrize21

2 DAYS left to register for the Announcement of the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 11, at 9 a.m. EDT / 8 a.m. to celebrate this prominent individual fighting to end global hunger. Register to attend at www.worldfoodprize.org/register. #FoodPrize21

This week's HOL Art #SpotlightSunday is the portrait of Dr. Norman Borlaug. The artist, Chas Fagan, also designed the fr...
05/09/2021

This week's HOL Art #SpotlightSunday is the portrait of Dr. Norman Borlaug. The artist, Chas Fagan, also designed the frame which incorporates wheat as well as asterisks (*), alluding to when Dr. Borlaug wrote asterisks in his notebooks to evaluate the new wheat varieties he was cultivating.

This week's HOL Art #SpotlightSunday is the portrait of Dr. Norman Borlaug. The artist, Chas Fagan, also designed the frame which incorporates wheat as well as asterisks (*), alluding to when Dr. Borlaug wrote asterisks in his notebooks to evaluate the new wheat varieties he was cultivating.

There are only 3 DAYS left before the Announcement of the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate! Join us for the recognition of...
05/08/2021

There are only 3 DAYS left before the Announcement of the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate! Join us for the recognition of this impressive hunger fighter on Tuesday, May 11, at 9 a.m. EDT / 8 a.m. Register to attend at www.worldfoodprize.org/register. #FoodPrize21

There are only 3 DAYS left before the Announcement of the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate! Join us for the recognition of this impressive hunger fighter on Tuesday, May 11, at 9 a.m. EDT / 8 a.m. Register to attend at www.worldfoodprize.org/register. #FoodPrize21

There are just 4 DAYS left before the Announcement of the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate! Learn about one of the most pr...
05/07/2021

There are just 4 DAYS left before the Announcement of the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate! Learn about one of the most prominent global hunger fighters by watching the Announcement on Tuesday, May 11, at 9 a.m. EDT / 8 a.m. Register to attend at www.worldfoodprize.org/register. #FoodPrize21

There are just 4 DAYS left before the Announcement of the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate! Learn about one of the most prominent global hunger fighters by watching the Announcement on Tuesday, May 11, at 9 a.m. EDT / 8 a.m. Register to attend at www.worldfoodprize.org/register. #FoodPrize21

There are only 5 days left until the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony! Tune in on Tuesday, May 11 at...
05/06/2021

There are only 5 days left until the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony! Tune in on Tuesday, May 11 at 8am CT at www.worldfoodprize.org/live. You won't want to miss it!

There are only 5 days left until the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony! Tune in on Tuesday, May 11 at 8am CT at www.worldfoodprize.org/live. You won't want to miss it!

Nominations are open! The Borlaug Field Award nominations are open for 2021 for ag and food researchers who live by Dr. ...
05/04/2021

Nominations are open! The Borlaug Field Award nominations are open for 2021 for ag and food researchers who live by Dr. Norman Borlaug’s creed, “Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.” https://bit.ly/35niEeh #BFA21

Nominations are open! The Borlaug Field Award nominations are open for 2021 for ag and food researchers who live by Dr. Norman Borlaug’s creed, “Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.” https://bit.ly/35niEeh #BFA21

For today's HOL Art #SpotlightSunday is the painting by Mary Breneman titled "Dr. Borlaug and African Children."Donated ...
05/02/2021

For today's HOL Art #SpotlightSunday is the painting by Mary Breneman titled "Dr. Borlaug and African Children."

Donated to the World Food Prize Foundation in 2011 by Chris Doswell, long-time friend and associate of Dr. Borlaug, this painting is based on a well-known photograph taken of Dr. Borlaug while he was taking the Green Revolution to Africa during the last few decades of his life.

For today's HOL Art #SpotlightSunday is the painting by Mary Breneman titled "Dr. Borlaug and African Children."

Donated to the World Food Prize Foundation in 2011 by Chris Doswell, long-time friend and associate of Dr. Borlaug, this painting is based on a well-known photograph taken of Dr. Borlaug while he was taking the Green Revolution to Africa during the last few decades of his life.

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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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A truly beautiful building!
An excellent place to ride to and take photos!
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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.