2011 World Food Prize Laureates Announced

June 21, 2011

John Agyekum Kufuor (right) and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (lower left) have been chosen to jointly receive the 2011 World Food Prize for their personal commitment and visionary leadership while serving as the presidents of Ghana and of Brazil, respectively, in creating and implementing government policies to alleviate hunger and poverty in their countries.

The significant achievements of these two former heads of state illustrate that transformational leadership truly can effect positive change and greatly improve people's lives.

The laureates will formally receive their awards at the World Food Prize annual symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, in October. The theme of this year's Borlaug Dialogue is The Next Generation: Confronting the Hunger Challenges of Tomorrow.