World Food Prize Forum Attracts Wide Array of Ag Experts

October 12, 2012

Global leaders, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will gather for the annual World Food Prize Event to honor this year's recipient. As the President of the World Food Prize Foundation, Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, has said, "We hope to fulfill Dr. Borlaug's legacy through lively conversations that spark new ideas to address this most urgent matter of ending hunger in the world."
 
This year's Borlaug Dialogue will focus on the topic "Partnerships & Priorities: Transforming the Global Food Security Agenda."  More than 1,500 participants from at least 70 countries are expected to take part in the week-long World Food Prize series of events between October 16 and October 20, including the Iowa Hunger Summit, the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium, the Laureate Award Ceremony, and the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute. As part of the youth involvement in the activities, last week the White House recognized 12 members of FFA and 4-H as Champions of Change.  Click here for a link to all the World Food Prize information.
 
The World Food Prize, founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food throughout the world. The 2012 World Food Prize will be awarded to Dr. Daniel Hillel for his role in conceiving and implementing a radically new mode of bringing water to crops in arid and dry land regions--known as "micro-irrigation."
 
On October 17, CAST and CropLife Foundation will host a morning side event to officially present Dr. Carl Winter with the 2012 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. Two recent BCCA winners--Dr. Akin Adesina and Professor Catherine Bertini--will join the World Food Prize series of events during the week.