Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan will be the featured speaker at this year’s World Food Prize festivities in Des Moines. Kofi Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 and is currently chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.
He served as Secretary General of the United Nations between 1997 and 2006. Annan will deliver the keynote address at the Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium scheduled for October 13-15 in Des Moines. The World Food Prize was established in 1986 by Borlaug – a native of Cresco, Iowa.
The $250,000 prize is awarded annually to an individual who’s efforts have helped alleviate global hunger. This year’s World Food Prize laureate will be announced on June 16 in Washington D.C.