World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 29, 2015


Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack will deliver the keynote address at the 2015 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony. World Food Prize Foundation President and former U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Kenneth M. Quinn will announce the winner of the 2015 World Food Prize in a ceremony on Wednesday, July 1, at 1:30 p.m. in the Loy Henderson Conference Room at the U.S. Department of State. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin will host. Media are invited to attend this event.

The World Food Prize recognizes individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Each year, more than 4,000 institutions and organizations around the world are invited to nominate candidates for the prize. The World Food Prize Laureate will be awarded the prize in October during the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. The prize includes a cash award of $250,000.

This marks the 12th year the State Department has hosted the Prize announcement, highlighting the Administration’s dedication to improving lives, counteracting suffering, and focusing on the role that science, technology and policy play in reducing hunger and under-nutrition.

For more information on the World Food Prize, go to www.worldfoodprize.org; Twitter @StateDeptLive, @WorldFoodPrize, and #FoodPrize15. This event is open press.

Preset for video cameras: 12:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 1:00 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. government-issued identification card (State Department, White House, Congress, Defense Department, Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identity card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).

Media inquiries for this event may be directed to: Michael Turner, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, at turnermr@state.gov or (202) 647-1682, or the Office of Press Relations, U.S. Department of State (202) 647-2492.