2017 World Food Prize

Oct 19, 2017  | 1 hr 40 min  | 2017

Iowa PBS provided live coverage of The World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony at the Iowa Capitol on Thursday, October 19 at 7 p.m. The ceremony was broadcast on statewide Iowa PBS and was live streamed at Iptv.org and on YouTube. The broadcast will repeat Sunday, October 22 at 1 p.m.

The World Food Prize was founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Iowan Norman Borlaug. After winning the Nobel Prize in 1970 for his achievements in agricultural research, Borlaug envisioned a separate international award to recognize those who have made significant contributions to advancements in the quality, quantity and availability of food in the world.

The 2017 prize was awarded to Nigerian Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, for driving change in African agriculture for over 25 years and improving food security for millions across the continent. Awarded by the World Food Prize Foundation, the $250,000 prize honors Dr. Adesina for his leading role over the past two decades in significantly expanding food production in Nigeria, introducing initiatives to exponentially increase the availability of credit for smallholder farmers across the African continent and galvanizing the political will to transform African agriculture.

Programming support for the 2017 World Food Prize is provided by the W.T. and Edna M. Dahl Trust.