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Leaders from across the globe visit Iowa for world hunger conference

October 10, 2016

Leaders from across the globe visit Iowa for world hunger conference

This week, the president of the World Bank, the president of Mauritius, the former president of Malawi, the former president of Mozambique and the president of the African Development Bank Group will be featured speakers at the 2016 Borlaug Dialogue.

Held every October in Des Moines, the Borlaug Dialogue is organized by the Des Moines-based World Food Prize. The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing individuals who have made significant and measurable contributions to improving the world’s food supply.

Cresco, Iowa, native Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, the namesake of the Borlaug Dialogue, established the World Food Prize 30 years ago. Widely known as the “father of the green revolution,” Dr. Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work in agriculture and is often credited with having saved a billion people worldwide from starvation.

Dr. Borlaug passed in 2009, but his influence resonates strongly in Iowa today. Iowa is home to more plant and soil scientists than any other state, many of whom continue to be inspired by Dr. Borlaug’s work. The practices Dr. Borlaug pioneered have helped make Iowa the top corn and soybean producing state in the country. Today, ag-tech companies are taking root in Iowa to help farmers further increase crop yields.

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