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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Did you know that you can book the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates for your engagement photo session? One of the most...
05/03/2020

Did you know that you can book the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates for your engagement photo session?

One of the most beautiful buildings in central Iowa with access to our garden right in downtown Des Moines, consider booking a session that you'll both remember forever!

For more information about booking a photography session, go to https://bit.ly/2n89XgQ

Photo credit: Laura Wills Photography
#WorldFoodPrize #HallOfLaureates

Today in recognizing past World Food Prize Laureates, we thank 2001 Laureate Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen of Denmark.Dr. Pe...
05/01/2020

Today in recognizing past World Food Prize Laureates, we thank 2001 Laureate Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen of Denmark.

Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen was awarded the World Food Prize for his contributions to to agricultural research, food policy, and uplifting the status of the poor and starving citizens of the world. He has dedicated his career to recognizing that reliable policy research is just as important as technological advances when it comes to improving the quality, quantity and availability of food in the world.

Thank you, Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen!

We are hiring! The Program Assistant will work directly with the co-Directors of Global Programs and Partnerships (DGPP)...
04/29/2020

We are hiring! The Program Assistant will work directly with the co-Directors of Global Programs and Partnerships (DGPP) to provide key programmatic and administrative support, in a dynamic and fast-paced work setting. Programmatic areas served would include the full portfolio of WFPF Youth Institutes; WFPF Youth Institute Coordinator training, support, and retention; the USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship Program; the Global Youth Institute; and other administrative and programmatic support duties related to general functioning of the Youth Programs. Learn more at www.worldfoodprize.org/jobs.

We are hiring! Join our youth education team - The Program Assistant will work directly with the Director of Youth Leade...
04/29/2020

We are hiring! Join our youth education team - The Program Assistant will work directly with the Director of Youth Leadership Development to support all aspects of the preparation and execution of the Global Youth Institute. This role of the Program Assistant includes registration and database management, volunteer recruitment, and critical communications in order to support students, educators, and volunteers in attendance. Deadline to apply is May 15. Learn more at www.worldfoodprize.org/jobs

Look no further for your beautiful, central Iowa wedding venue. With a marvelous garden, plenty of space for your weddin...
04/26/2020

Look no further for your beautiful, central Iowa wedding venue. With a marvelous garden, plenty of space for your wedding party, rich history and modern amenities, the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates is a spectacular venue for your special day.

For more information on weddings at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, go to https://bit.ly/2EbBMyx

If you're looking for something to do during your social isolation, check out Amb. Kenneth Quinn's archive! On this page...
04/25/2020
A Lifetime of Service | World Food Prize Ambassador Quinn

If you're looking for something to do during your social isolation, check out Amb. Kenneth Quinn's archive! On this page you'll find a series of videos, photos, articles, and more, all by Amb. Quinn himself. Catch up on some history and learn about his amazing career before and during his time at the World Food Prize Foundation! https://bit.ly/33AHm7i

#WorldFoodPrize #Archives

After his retirement former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, Dr. Kenneth Quinn assumed leadership of the World Food Prize Foundation January 2000.

Today in honoring our past World Food Prize Laureates, we thank the 2000 Laureates Dr. Evangelina Villegas and Dr. Surin...
04/24/2020

Today in honoring our past World Food Prize Laureates, we thank the 2000 Laureates Dr. Evangelina Villegas and Dr. Surinder Vasal.

Dr. Evangelina Villegas and Dr. Surinder Vasal spent decades working to improve the productivity and nutritional content of maize. Their development of Quality Protein Maize has contributed to the improvement of millions of lives all over the world.

Thank you, Dr. Evangelina Villegas and Dr. Surinder Vasal!

We were certainly "wowed" by this one! Our Founders Boardroom during and after the historic 2009-2011 renovation of the ...
04/23/2020

We were certainly "wowed" by this one! Our Founders Boardroom during and after the historic 2009-2011 renovation of the Hall of Laureates.

While we are currently closed, we hope to reopen in a few short weeks so you can come see for yourself!

#WorldFoodPrize #HallOfLaureates #TransformationThursday

We are hiring! The Program Assistant will work directly with the co-Directors of Global Programs and Partnerships (DGPP)...
04/22/2020

We are hiring! The Program Assistant will work directly with the co-Directors of Global Programs and Partnerships (DGPP) to provide key programmatic and administrative support, in a dynamic and fast-paced work setting. Programmatic areas served would include the full portfolio of WFPF Youth Institutes; WFPF Youth Institute Coordinator training, support, and retention; the USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship Program; the Global Youth Institute; and other administrative and programmatic support duties related to general functioning of the Youth Programs. Learn more at www.worldfoodprize.org/jobs.

We are hiring! Join our youth education team - The Program Assistant will work directly with the Director of Youth Leade...
04/22/2020

We are hiring! Join our youth education team - The Program Assistant will work directly with the Director of Youth Leadership Development to support all aspects of the preparation and execution of the Global Youth Institute. This role of the Program Assistant includes registration and database management, volunteer recruitment, and critical communications in order to support students, educators, and volunteers in attendance. Deadline to apply is May 15. Learn more at www.worldfoodprize.org/jobs

Happy Earth Day, from the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates to you!Did you know we are a LEED Platinum Certified buildi...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day, from the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates to you!

Did you know we are a LEED Platinum Certified building? The Hall of Laureates is an exceptional example of energy efficiency and resource conservation. Read more about our LEED Platinum Certification at https://bit.ly/2NMPuf4

Dreaming of beautiful weddings in our World Food Prize Hall of Laureates! We're loving this picture on our grand stairca...
04/21/2020

Dreaming of beautiful weddings in our World Food Prize Hall of Laureates! We're loving this picture on our grand staircase.

For more details on private events go to https://bit.ly/2IIULBw

#WorldFoodPrize #HallOfLaureates

04/21/2020
Digital Dialogue: Perspectives on Food Systems Resilience in COVID-19

#ICYMI on 4/16: The World Food Prize Foundation’s Digital Dialogue addressed the pressing issue of COVID-19 and its impacts on the global food system. Speakers shared the importance of international collaboration to ensure that efforts are impactful. They emphasized the vital role of capacity building at the local level for immediate and effective community response to disruptions. All three speakers highlighted the untapped potential of mobilizing innovations from the private sector to address the food system shock from this pandemic. View the video from the first #FoodPrizeDigitalDialogue here: https://youtu.be/I7ANeBavYwo

The World Food Prize Foundation’s Digital Dialogue addressed the pressing issue of COVID-19 and its impacts on the global food system. Speakers shared the im...

Did you miss the first #FoodPrizeDigitalDialogue last week? The WFPF engaged global leaders and experts to discuss the “...
04/20/2020

Did you miss the first #FoodPrizeDigitalDialogue last week? The WFPF engaged global leaders and experts to discuss the “Perspectives on Food Systems Resilience in COVID-19.” Our dynamic speakers had this to share:

On Mondays, we will be taking the opportunity to recognize our past recipients of the Norman Borlaug Field Award!The Nor...
04/20/2020

On Mondays, we will be taking the opportunity to recognize our past recipients of the Norman Borlaug Field Award!

The Norman Borlaug Field Award recognizes exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under the age of 40.

The 2019 recipient of the Norman Borlaug Field Award was Dr. Hale Ann Tufan
of Turkey. She is recognized for championing the incorporation of gender-supportive activities within the global agricultural research community, working across disciplines to ensure women farmers and scientists are fairly represented in the lab, in the field and at the table.

Thank you, Dr. Hale Ann Tufan!

Today in honoring our past World Food Prize Laureates, we thank 1999 Laureate Dr. Walter Plowright of the United Kingdom...
04/17/2020

Today in honoring our past World Food Prize Laureates, we thank 1999 Laureate Dr. Walter Plowright of the United Kingdom. Dr. Plowright developed and distributed a highly effective vaccine against the "cattle plague," a devastating disease that impacted farmers throughout history. His efforts resulted in complete eradication of this disease from the face of the earth.

To read more about Dr. Walter Plowright and his contributions to improving the health of cattle, go to https://bit.ly/2RNfSIl

Take a look at this impressive transformation! Our magnificent Ruan Laureates room from our historic 2009-2011 renovatio...
04/16/2020

Take a look at this impressive transformation! Our magnificent Ruan Laureates room from our historic 2009-2011 renovation to now. The Ruan Laureates room is adorned with beautiful art and rich history.

Come in to see for yourself when we reopen in a few weeks!
#WorldFoodPrize #HallOfLaureates #TransformationThursday

We are hiring! The World Food Prize seeks a detail-oriented, conscientious individual on a salaried full-time basis to o...
04/15/2020

We are hiring! The World Food Prize seeks a detail-oriented, conscientious individual on a salaried full-time basis to organize and implement the Foundation’s archive.

Working with the Director of Communications, the archivist will organize, catalog and make available to the public the Foundation’s archived materials through a custom website. The Foundation’s archive spans over 30 years of educational materials. The archivist will work to compile a needs assessment and the develop a long-term plan to establish an archive; formulate policies pertaining to archiving, basic processing, and records management; and provide training to staff on implementation of those policies.

The establishment of an archive of the Foundation’s holdings will preserve and make publicly available unique records related to American hero Dr. Norman E. Borlaug; the groundbreaking multidisciplinary achievements being done to increase the quality, quantity and availability of food across the globe; and the history of the World Food Prize Foundation and its endeavor to honor those achievements. www.worldfoodprize.org/jobs

If you look up while standing in our Rotunda, you'll see a spectacular skylight. Original to the building, our skylight ...
04/15/2020

If you look up while standing in our Rotunda, you'll see a spectacular skylight. Original to the building, our skylight is composed of approximately 10,000 glass pieces that date back to the early 1900s.

#WorldFoodPrize #HallOfLaureates #ArtworkWednesday

On Mondays, we will be taking the opportunity to recognize our past recipients of the Norman Borlaug Field Award!The Nor...
04/13/2020

On Mondays, we will be taking the opportunity to recognize our past recipients of the Norman Borlaug Field Award!

The Norman Borlaug Field Award recognizes exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under the age of 40.

The 2018 recipient of the Norman Borlaug Field Award was Dr. Matthew Rouse
of the United States. He was recognized for his essential leadership efforts to contain and reduce the impact of a devastating new race of the stem rust pathogen that posed a serious threat to the world’s wheat crops and global food security.

Thank you, Dr. Matthew Rouse!

If you're looking for something to do during your social isolation, check out Amb. Kenneth Quinn's archive! On this page...
04/11/2020
A Lifetime of Service | World Food Prize Ambassador Quinn

If you're looking for something to do during your social isolation, check out Amb. Kenneth Quinn's archive! On this page you'll find a series of videos, photos, articles, and more, all by Amb. Quinn himself. Catch up on some history and learn about his amazing career before and during his time at the World Food Prize Foundation! https://bit.ly/33AHm7i

#WorldFoodPrize #Archives

After his retirement former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, Dr. Kenneth Quinn assumed leadership of the World Food Prize Foundation January 2000.

In honoring our past World Food Prize Laureates, today we remember 1998 Laureate Dr. Badrinarayan R. Barwale of India. D...
04/10/2020

In honoring our past World Food Prize Laureates, today we remember 1998 Laureate Dr. Badrinarayan R. Barwale of India. Dr. Barwale was awarded the World Food Prize for pioneering the creation of the private seed industry in India by founding the Mahyco Company. Dr. Barwale developed a modern seed research center that made hybrid seeds available and affordable to over 100,000 small scale farmers.

To read more about Dr. Barwale and his influence on the quantity, quality and availability of food, go to https://bit.ly/2RIIySP

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR DIGITAL DIALOGUE - Featuring David Nabarro - Special Envoy of WHO Director General on COVID-19, and...
04/10/2020

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR DIGITAL DIALOGUE - Featuring David Nabarro - Special Envoy of WHO Director General on COVID-19, and 2018 World Food Prize Laureate. https://bit.ly/2VhFMo2 This is your chance to get involved and ask questions! Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 10:00 AM Eastern Time. #FoodPrizeDigitalDialogue

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR DIGITAL DIALOGUE - Featuring Shenggen Fan - Professor, China Agricultural University, and World Foo...
04/10/2020

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR DIGITAL DIALOGUE - Featuring Shenggen Fan - Professor, China Agricultural University, and World Food Prize Foundation Council of Advisors. https://bit.ly/2VhFMo2 This is your chance to get involved and ask questions! Save the date - Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 10:00 AM Eastern Time. #FoodPrizeDigitalDialogue

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR DIGITAL DIALOGUE - Featuring Catherine Bertini - Distinguished Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Af...
04/10/2020

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR DIGITAL DIALOGUE - Featuring Catherine Bertini - Distinguished Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; and 2003 World Food Prize Laureate. https://bit.ly/2VhFMo2 This is your chance to get involved and ask questions! Mark your calendars - Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 10:00 AM Eastern Time. #FoodPrizeDigitalDialogue

The World Food Prize Foundation announced this week its first virtual series, the Digital Dialogue, which will address c...
04/10/2020

The World Food Prize Foundation announced this week its first virtual series, the Digital Dialogue, which will address critical issues in developing a resilient global food system. The first webinar will focus on the immediate challenges we face globally in the time of COVID-19.

SAVE THE DATE for Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 10:00 AM Eastern Time.

The event will feature:
-Catherine Bertini - Distinguished Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; 2003 World Food Prize Laureate
-Shenggen Fan - Professor, China Agricultural University; World Food Prize Foundation Council of Advisors
-David Nabarro - Special Envoy of WHO Director General on COVID-19; 2018 World Food Prize Laureate
-Barbara Stinson - President, World Food Prize Foundation

REGISTER NOW at https://bit.ly/2VhFMo2 #FoodPrizeDigitalDialogue

WE ARE HIRING! The World Food Prize Foundation seeks a detail-oriented, conscientious individual on a temporary, full-ti...
04/10/2020

WE ARE HIRING! The World Food Prize Foundation seeks a detail-oriented, conscientious individual on a temporary, full-time basis to support the planning and implementation of the World Food Prize Foundation’s annual Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium and assist with the maintenance of the Foundation’s Salesforce CRM database. Learn more at www.worldfoodprize.org/jobs! Applications due by April 10.

Another beautiful transformation Thursday! The first picture features and in progress picture from our historic renovati...
04/09/2020

Another beautiful transformation Thursday! The first picture features and in progress picture from our historic renovation from 2009-2011, and the second picture is the final result.

#WorldFoodPrize #HallOfLaureates #TransformationThursday

We are hiring! The World Food Prize seeks a detail-oriented, conscientious individual on a salaried full-time basis to o...
04/08/2020

We are hiring! The World Food Prize seeks a detail-oriented, conscientious individual on a salaried full-time basis to organize and implement the Foundation’s archive.

Working with the Director of Communications, the archivist will organize, catalog and make available to the public the Foundation’s archived materials through a custom website. The Foundation’s archive spans over 30 years of educational materials. The archivist will work to compile a needs assessment and the develop a long-term plan to establish an archive; formulate policies pertaining to archiving, basic processing, and records management; and provide training to staff on implementation of those policies.

The establishment of an archive of the Foundation’s holdings will preserve and make publicly available unique records related to American hero Dr. Norman E. Borlaug; the groundbreaking multidisciplinary achievements being done to increase the quality, quantity and availability of food across the globe; and the history of the World Food Prize Foundation and its endeavor to honor those achievements. www.worldfoodprize.org/jobs

"Dr. Borlaug and African Children" by Mary Breneman.This painting is based off of a well-known photograph taken of Dr. B...
04/08/2020

"Dr. Borlaug and African Children" by Mary Breneman.

This painting is based off of a well-known photograph taken of Dr. Borlaug while he was taking the Green Revolution to Africa. This piece of artwork was donated to the World Food Prize in 2011 by Chris Boswell, a friend and associate of Dr. Borlaug.

#WorldFoodPrize #HallOfLaureates #ArtworkWednesday

WE ARE HIRING! The World Food Prize Foundation seeks a detail-oriented, conscientious individual on a temporary, full-ti...
04/08/2020

WE ARE HIRING! The World Food Prize Foundation seeks a detail-oriented, conscientious individual on a temporary, full-time basis to support the planning and implementation of the World Food Prize Foundation’s annual Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium and assist with the maintenance of the Foundation’s Salesforce CRM database. Learn more at www.worldfoodprize.org/jobs! Applications due by April 10.

Our Hall of Laureates can't wait to see you in a few weeks! Until we are open again, look through some of our old spring...
04/07/2020

Our Hall of Laureates can't wait to see you in a few weeks! Until we are open again, look through some of our old spring-time pictures and look forward to the warm weather ahead. Stay safe everyone!

#HallOfLaureates #WorldFoodPrize

WE ARE HIRING! The World Food Prize Foundation seeks a detail-oriented, conscientious individual on a temporary, full-ti...
04/06/2020

WE ARE HIRING! The World Food Prize Foundation seeks a detail-oriented, conscientious individual on a temporary, full-time basis to support the planning and implementation of the World Food Prize Foundation’s annual Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium and assist with the maintenance of the Foundation’s Salesforce CRM database. Learn more at www.worldfoodprize.org/jobs! Applications due by April 10.

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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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Saturday 09:00 - 13:00

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A truly beautiful building!
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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.