DuPont has announced a $1 million contingent donation to fund the establishment of a
permanent home for the World Food Prize in Des Moines. The donation will
support the transformation of the former Des Moines Public Library into the
Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates and will be administered by Pioneer Hi-Bred, a Dupont company.
The contingent donation will be paid in $250,000 increments as the World
Food Prize meets certain fundraising milestones during the next four years.
The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing
achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving
the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.
"The World Food Prize brings much-deserved recognition to those who are
saving and improving millions of lives around the globe," said Paul Schickler,
Pioneer president and DuPont vice president and general manager. "As a long-
time major supporter of the Prize, we are pleased to help establish a
permanent home honoring those who have dedicated their lives to saving
DuPont and its Pioneer business have been a major sponsor of the World
Food Prize since 1996 through financial grants and annual sponsorships including a program for
two students in the Borlaug-Ruan International Intern program.
When completed, the Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates
will host the annual World Food Prize International Symposium, which brings
together dignitaries, scientists, nutritionists and other food and nutrition
experts from around the world to discuss and share ideas about food and