Hall of Laureates celebrates those who feed the hungry

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The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, built in 1903, was converted in 2013 to celebrate individuals fighting hunger around the world. Each year the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application is held in the historic venue. (Photo by Emma Beyer)

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One of Norman Borlaug’s famous quotes, “Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world,” greets attendees of the Field Research and Application Award recognition. Quotes line the four sides of the Hall of Laureates, all of which evoke the meaning and purpose of the World Food Prize.  (Photo by Emma Beyer)

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A 20-foot-high stained glass window, based on a Christian Petersen sculpture, is located at the top of the grand entry staircase. It was created in Germany and depicts a family in the Hellenistic Period bringing in the harvest. (Photo by Emma Beyer)

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Each room of the Hall of Laureates tells one story from Iowa history. The Iowa Gallery is filled with educational exhibits and artwork paying tribute to Borlaug, World Food Prize Laureates and Iowa’s agricultural and humanitarian pioneers focused on the fight against global hunger. (Photo by Emma Beyer)

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A portrait of Norman Borlaug with African children looks on as guests gather for the Field Research and Application award ceremony. (Photo by Emma Beyer)

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Dr. Zhenling Cui gives a speech after being awarded the $10,000 Norman E. Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation. Cui has revolutionized Chinese agriculture and fertilizer use, aiding in production yields in the North China Plain. (Photo by Emma Beyer)

 

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