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2019 World Food Prize Ceremony at US Dept of State – Sec Pompeo Remarks

Washington DC – June 10, 2019

The State Department hosted an event to celebrate the 2019 winner of the World Food Prize Award.  Th this award is for people who have significant contributions towards food production globally.

According to the World Food Prize, this is the “The Nobel Peace Prize for Food and Agriculture.  This awards $250,000 annually to someone who inspires, and is exceptional achievements in ensuring adequate food and nutrition for all. 

The World Food Prize was established by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug in 1986.  He is known as the Father of the Green Revolution and the man who saved more than a billion lives.

This  award celebrates those who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of the food in the world.

This years winner is Simon N. Groom from the Netherlands.  Simon won for his transformative role in empowering millions of smallholder farmers in more than 60 countries to earn greater incomes through enhanced vegetable production:  This will benefit hundreds of millions of consumers with greater access to nutritious vegetables for healthy diets. 

The World Food Prize organization also sponsors youth educational program.  This program hopes to spark an interest in kids to become more involved in the health of food globally.  You can find out more at www.worldfoodprize.org/youth

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