International Groups

World Food Prize
Kenneth Quinn
1700 Ruan Center
666 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309

Central Mission of the Organization:

The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing -- without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs -- the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

History of the Organization:

The World Food Prize was conceived by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1986, The World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. Previous Laureates have been recognized from Bangladesh, China, Cuba, Denmark, India, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States. In 1990, Des Moines businessman and philanthropist John Ruan assumed sponsorship of The Prize and established The World Food Prize Foundation, located in Des Moines, Iowa.

International Issues and Focus:

Food, hunger, agricultural, sustainable development.

Events and Programs Sponsored:

World Food Prize Symposium.
Laureate Award Ceremony.
Hoover-Wallace Dinner.
Harvest Festival.
Youth Institute.
Borlaug-Ruan Internships.


University News
May 20, 2015
Drake’s College of Business and Public Administration held its Graduate Student of the Year awards ceremony at West End Architectural Salvage on May 7, 2015. The college recognized four graduate students and one faculty member at the event.