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FAO Director-General meets the President of the World Food Prize Foundation

“FAO has never been so relevant, active and important to food security in the world” - Quinn

18 May 2015, Rome - The Director-General today met Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation at FAO’s headquarters.

The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

During their meeting, Ambassador Quinn praised the Director-General for his leadership of the Organization.

“FAO has never been so relevant, active and important to food security in the world,” Quinn said.

The World Food Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, The World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world.

Laureates have been recognized from Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, Ethiopia, India, Israel, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States. The World Food Prize Foundation is based in Des Moines, Iowa, in the United States.

The discussions touched on the work Borlaug did as a FAO consultant in Asia. That work led him to be awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

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