DuPont pledges $1 million for World Food Prize home

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WILMINGTON, DEL. — E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. has made a $1 million contingent donation to fund the establishment of a permanent home for the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa. The donation will support the transformation of the former Des Moines Public Library into the Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates.

Once established, the Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates will serve as a historical center to recognize the achievements of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Iowa native Norman Borlaug as well as past World Food Prize laureates. In addition, the center will host the annual World Food Prize International Symposium, which brings together dignitaries, scientists, nutritionists and other food and nutrition experts from around the world to discuss and share ideas about food and agricultural issues. It also will be the new home for the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute.

The World Food Prize recognizes the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The award’s most recent recipient is Philip E. Nelson, president of the Institute of Food Technologists in 2002 and food science professor at Purdue University. He received the honor in 2007 for his achievements in the development of bulk aseptic packaging and storage.

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