Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will announce the winner of the 2009 World Food Prize Laureate in a ceremony on Thursday, June 11, at 11:43 a.m., in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the U.S. Department of State. Also attending will be Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation and former U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs David Nelson will host the event.
The World Food Prize recognizes the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The World Food Prize includes a cash award of $250,000 and a sculpture by world-renowned designer Saul Bass. Each year, more than 4,000 institutions and organizations around the world are invited to nominate candidates for the prize. The World Food Prize is guided by a distinguished Council of Advisors that includes former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush.
For more information on the World Food Prize, go to www.worldfoodprize.org.
This event is open press coverage.
Pre-set time for Cameras: 10:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.
Final access time for writers and stills: 11:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance
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:
Kerry Humphrey (202) 647-0677
Jeffrey Jamison (202) 647-4864
Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs
Office of Press Relations, U.S. Department of State (202) 647-2492