The following is an excerpt from a blog post by Jonathan Shrier of the U.S. Department of State. Read the full post on the U.S. Department of State DipNote blog.
I finished the week in Des Moines, Iowa, home of the World Food Prize established by Dr. Norman E. Bourlaug to recognize individuals who advanced human development by improving the quality or availability of food in the world. This year, Dr. Daniel Hillel was awarded the prize for his role in developing micro-irrigation, a way of getting "more crop for the drop," especially in arid regions.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also made the trek to Des Moines to address the gathering, which brought together agricultural experts, academics, government representatives, farmers and food security advocates from all over the world to share the latest research, technology and innovation and best practices to address food security and under-nutrition. Feed the Future, the U.S. government food security initiative was featured at the event in a panel discussion about partnerships with the private sector and at a side event highlighting Feed the Future's successful investments in agricultural research.