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26th Annual World Food Prize Laureate Announcement


Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 11, 2012

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On June 12, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony. World Food Prize Foundation President and former U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Kenneth Quinn will announce the winner of the 2012 World Food Prize in a ceremony at 10:45 a.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the U.S. Department of State. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Kerri-Ann Jones will host the event.

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the World Food Prize, which recognizes 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. A distinguished Council of Advisors — which includes former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush — guides the World Food Prize.

The award will be formally presented in a ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, on October 18, 2012, in conjunction with the Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium. For more information on the prize, go to www.worldfoodprize.org.

This event is open to the press.

Pre-set time for Cameras: 9:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

Final access time for writers and stills: 10:20 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).

The event will also be available via live webcast at http://www.state.gov; video clips will be available after the event at www.stateondemand.state.gov.

Media inquiries for this event may be directed to:

Elizabeth Kelleher, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, (202) 647-0677;

Megan Forgrave, Director of Communications, World Food Prize, (515) 245.3794; or
Office of Press Relations, U.S. Department of State (202) 647-2492.



PRN: 2012/939



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