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World Food Prize

A Breakthrough Year for Biofortification

Howarth Bouis | Posted 10.14.2016 | Impact
Howarth Bouis

It is never an easy decision for farmers to adopt new agricultural technologies, such as a new crop variety. A season of lost or underperforming harve...

Food And Hunger: Which Prize Takes The Prize?

Bill Ayres | Posted 09.19.2016 | Impact
Bill Ayres

The Food Sovereignty Prize begun in 2009 to champion social movements, activists and community-based organizations around the world working to ensure that all people have access to fresh, nutritious food produced in harmony with the planet.

2016 World Food Prize: More Genewashing?

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 07.05.2016 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

On Tuesday, June 28, Drs. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, Jan Low, and Howarth Bouis were crowned the 2016 World Food Prize Laureates during a ceremony at the U.S. State Department.

Scientists' 'Breakthrough' Sweet Potato Will Reduce Hunger For Millions

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact

WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) - Four scientists who specialized in sweet potatoes were named the winners of this year's World Food Prize on Tuesday fo...

The Missing Monument on the National Mall - A Tribute to Norman Borlaug on His 102nd Birth Anniversary

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 03.23.2016 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

When Speaker Paul Ryan walks out onto his balcony on the west side of the Capitol, he has the breathtaking view of the National Mall sweeping to the w...

A 4th of July Sidebar Discussion in Vienna

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 07.04.2016 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna, at some point, he might want to make a reference to an event that just took place at the State Department in Washington on July 1 -- the announcement of the 2015 World Food Prize laureate.

The One Person Both President Obama and President Rouhani Admire

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Kenneth M. Quinn

While there are many issues that divide us, this is one area where we could find steps to take together to defeat wheat rust and at the same time honor Dr. Borlaug.

Connecting Three Countries in the Battle Against Hunger

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

Working together with local farmers, Dr. Norman Borlaug and his contemporaries tackled problems of huge magnitude, worked tirelessly to cross-breed new types of wheat, and eventually started a revolution in food and agriculture: The Green Revolution.

Rosa and Norm

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

On March 25 they will be together for the first time ever. A seemingly odd Alabama-Iowa couple, in some ways, they were very similar.

Wheat for the World: Fulfilling the Legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug

David Beckmann | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
David Beckmann

Dr. Borlaug was a advocate of the inextricable connection between agriculture and nutrition. His work taught us that agriculture is a long-term solution to many immediate nutrition problems.

JFK, UN World Food Day and Confronting the Single Greatest Challenge in Human History

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave his speech about going to the moon and less than a decade later, America had fulfilled that goal. Two years later, he gave a similar address about ending world hunger, but 50 years later our planet is still struggling with this objective.

Honoring Innovation in the Quest for Food Security

ZP Heller | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
ZP Heller

According to Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, president of The World Food Prize Foundation, "The greatest challenge that humans face is whether we can sustai...

My 5 Minutes at the World Food Prize Honoring a Monsanto Exec -- What I Wish I'd Said

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Frances Moore Lappe

I sat in the first row steaming, aware that sitting next to me was one of the world's most esteemed scientists, Hans Herren, who is precisely the type of GMO critic that the panel seemed to imply does not exist!

The True Food Prize Goes to the Haitians

Salena Tramel | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Salena Tramel

The 2013 World Food Prize credits Monsanto in the fight against hunger through sustainable agriculture -- yet there is a disconnect between the spirit of the prize and the U.S. agrochemical giant's actual practices.

The Food Sovereignty Prize: Antidote to the World Food Prize Debacle

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 10.20.2013 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

What do all these efforts have in common? They are grounded in sustainable, equitable and dignified livelihoods.

Choice of Monsanto Betrays World Food Prize Purpose, Say Global Leaders

Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé | Posted 08.26.2013 | Green
Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé

This award not only communicates a false connection between GMOs and solutions to hunger and agricultural degradation, but it also diverts attention from truly "nutritious and sustainable" agroecological approaches already proving effective.

Biotechnology and Climate Volatility: The Debate We Must Have

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 08.26.2013 | Green
Kenneth M. Quinn

If smallholder farmers, so many of them from poor rural areas, are to thrive in the face of these climatic challenges, can we afford to rule out, as critics suggest, using biotechnology and genetically modified crops to assist them?

The 2013 World Food Prize: Monopolizing the War on Hunger?

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

Apparently the way to revive lackluster seed monopolies is to guarantee them a monopoly on ending hunger. But giving the World Food Prize to the monopolies profiting from hunger is like awarding the Nobel Peace prize for going to war... wait, that's already been done.

What Would Norm Say?

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

Given the decade-long relationship I had with him in building the World Food Prize, I am sometimes asked about what the late Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug might say about a particular topic.

Who Would You Nominate for the World Food Prize?

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

I'm wondering who you would like to see nominated for the Prize? An activist for food sovereignty in India? A scientist working on agroforestry practices in Latin America? An agronomist developing green manure practices in sub-Saharan Africa?

A Governor, a Canal, John Deere and the First American Agricultural Revolution

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

February 16 marks the anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty of Ghent by the U.S. Senate, officially ending the War of 1812. Looking back, it seems that the year 2012 managed to pass by without any significant reference to it having been the bicentennial anniversary of that conflict with Great Britain.

President Obama, Governor Romney -- 'Call Me, Maybe'

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 01.06.2013 | World
Kenneth M. Quinn

I extend this invitation to the next president of the United States and the next president of China to come to Des Moines and, at the World Food Prize on U.N. World Food Day, join in committing your two countries to alleviating hunger in the world.

Remembering George McGovern

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 10.24.2012 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

In remembering George McGovern, I am especially envious of those who had known him for many decades. It will always be a signal memory of my life that I had the privilege to present the World Food Prize to Senator McGovern.

The Morrill Act: A 19th Century Initiative With 21st Century Implications

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 08.28.2012 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

June 26 marked the culmination of a 46-day period during which we celebrated the sesquicentennial observance of three actions taken during the Civil War that today hold enormous promise as a model of international development and hunger alleviation for the 21st century.

2012 World Food Prize Laureate Promotes Peace Through Science

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 08.12.2012 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

The winner of the 2012 World Food Prize is Dr. Daniel Hillel, an Israeli scientist who conceived of and developed the system of micro-irrigation which has helped transform deserts in Israel, the Middle East, and around the globe into productive agricultural land.