Feeding the World

Since 1986, the World Food Prize has awarded scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers and farmers for their tireless efforts to combat hunger across the globe. Now you can learn about this evolving work through an interactive educational exhibit at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates & Educational Exhibit in downtown Des Moines.  

Stroll through the first floor exhibit hall and see vivid images of hunger or malnutrition, while learning of the exciting advancements in food stability and production. Touch screen monitors with audio and video presentations will walk you through the history of agriculture or show you what academic communities are doing to feed the world while simultaneously protecting the earth’s vital resources. Or, take time to virtually “meet” Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, founder of the World Food Prize and pioneer in agricultural research.

In yet another exhibit, you’ll flip through digital photos that detail the restoration of the century-old Des Moines Library into the Hall of Laureates for the World Food Prize. The Mural Room is particularly vivid; navigate through the touch screen display to find out what each figure in the grand painting represents. 

The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates welcomes visitors for free guided tours every Tuesday at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Self-guided tours are available on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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