JOHNSTON, IOWA (September 30, 2020) — Join Iowa PBS for a night of remembrance, pageantry, international music, and a celebration of agricultural breakthroughs in the fight against global hunger during The 2020 World Food Prize. The program will be broadcast on statewide Iowa PBS Thursday, October 15, 7PM, and streamed on iowapbs.org.
Hunger-fighters from across the globe honor award-winning achievements with The World Food Prize. The 2020 prize will be awarded to Dr Rattan Lal, whose pioneering research on the restoration of soil health in Africa, Asia, and Latin America led to revelations that impacted agricultural yields, natural-resource conservation, and climate-change mitigation. The agricultural practices Lal advocated are now at the heart of efforts to improve agriculture systems globally.
"The world's population continues to grow, and we need to use the resources we have more productively and efficiently to make sure everyone has enough food on their table," said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a pre-recorded segment of the laureate announcement ceremony. "Dr Lal's research in soil science shows that the solution to this problem is right under our feet."
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.
Programming support for the 2020 World Food Prize is provided by the W T and Edna M Dahl Trust.
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