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Visit the historic World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Dec. 12 and 19 in Des Moines.

February 9, 2016

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The historic World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in downtown Des Moines will be open to the public on December 12 and 19 to celebrate the holidays and to also commemorate another year of progress against hunger. Guests will experience the majestic sound of the Grace Church Ensemble singing holiday music, view the beautiful holiday decor, enjoy hot apple cider and cookies, and explore the World Food Prize's collections of artwork and exhibits. 


You can also explore the "40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World" international photography exhibit by Howard G. Buffett and enjoy the interactive exhibits on food and agriculture in the garden level. Free and open to the public. More information online.

THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE HALL OF LAUREATES is open to the public for tours, free of charge, on the following days and times unless noted here.

Tuesdays: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12-noon & 1:30 p.m. 

Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Call 515-245-3735 with questions or to schedule a large group tour or event. The WFP Hall of Laureates is located in downtown Des Moines at: 100 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA USA 50309 Tel: 515-245-3783 Fax: 515-245-3785 email: [email protected]

ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE: 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.

In 1970 Norman E. Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for a lifetime of work to feed a hungry world. Although a scientist with outstanding contributions, perhaps Dr. Borlaug's greatest achievement was his unending struggle to integrate the various streams of agricultural research into viable technologies and convince political leaders to bring these advances to fruition... Learn more about Dr. Borlaug's life...

THE iowa youth institute and other youth institutes across the country will take place this spring. These programs allow students to explore food, agriculture and global issues; present solutions; and interact with top academic and business leaders. The Global Youth Institute, Borlaug-Ruan International Internship and Wallace-Carver Fellowship also provide students with pathways into STEM education. Learn more and participate...

THE 2016 "BORLAUG DIALOGUE" INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM will take place Oct. 12-14 in Des Moines, Iowa to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the World Food Prize Foundation.

nominations for the world food prize will be accepted now through May 1. The World Food Prize has come to be known as the "Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture" and aims to recognize and inspire breakthrough achievements in feeding the world. This $250,000 prize is awarded to individuals who have improved the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Details are now available in six languages... more

The World Food Prize Foundation launched the Iowa Hunger Directory in honor of the centennial observance of the birth of our founder, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug. Past issues of this newsletter are available online.

The internationally renowned World Food Prize Foundation invites you to explore the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. You may do so through our website or visit us at 100 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa. Please use the tabs on the left of the screen to:

- Explore the Hall of Laureates by a room-by-room tour. Click on each room for more information about its art and design, functionality and significance to the World Food Prize. Each room tells a different story and features many different pieces of artwork.

- Learn more about the World Food Prize's efforts to preserve the historical integrity of the former Des Moines Public Library, while simultaneously renovating the building for a green, sustainable future.

-Reserve Space - One of Iowa's most spectacular venues, the Hall of Laureates offers a magnificent

setting for any occasion. Whether you want to host an intimate dinner, a corporate board meeting, an elegant wedding or a world-class conference, this historic building in the heart of Des Moines has a rich  history with every  modern amenity necessary for your event. for any occasion. 

- Visit us in person for a full tour of the building. Please call or email Nicole Barreca to set-up your tour. Nicole Barreca - 515.245.3735 | [email protected].

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