DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DuPont (NYSE: DD) today
announced a $1 million contingent donation to fund the establishment of a
permanent home for the World Food Prize in Des Moines. The donation will
support the transformation of the former Des Moines Public Library into the
Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates and will be administered through DuPont
business Pioneer Hi-Bred.
"The World Food Prize brings much-deserved recognition to those who are
saving and improving millions of lives around the globe," said Paul Schickler,
Pioneer president and DuPont vice president and general manager. "As a long-
time major supporter of the Prize, we are pleased to help establish a
permanent home honoring those who have dedicated their lives to saving
DuPont and its Pioneer business have been a major sponsor of the World
Food Prize since 1996 through financial grants, hosting of the World Food
Prize Youth Symposium and annual sponsorships including a sponsor program for
two students in the Borlaug-Ruan International Intern program.
"Pioneer Hi-Bred has been a strong friend and consistent supporter of
World Food Prize programs, including our Youth Institute and international
internships," said Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize
Foundation. "On behalf of all of us at the foundation, I want to express our
profound appreciation for this very special contribution as well as for all of
their past support."
When completed, the Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates will serve as a
historical center to recognize the achievements of Nobel Peace Prize laureate
and Iowa native Norman Borlaug as well as past World Food Prize laureates. It
will host the annual World Food Prize International Symposium, which brings
together dignitaries, scientists, nutritionists and other food and nutrition
experts from around the world to discuss and share ideas about food and
agricultural issues. It also will be the new home for the World Food Prize
Global Youth Institute. The stately building sits on the bank of the Des
Moines River in downtown Des Moines. It served as the Des Moines Public
Library from 1903 until 2006.
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.
The contingent donation will be paid in $250,000 increments as the World
Food Prize meets certain fundraising milestones during the next four years.
Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is the world's leading source of
customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed
processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to
advanced plant genetics in nearly 70 countries.
DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802,
DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a
better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70
countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for
markets including agriculture and food; building and construction;
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Caption: DuPont has pledged $1 million to the World Food Prize to assist
with the transformation of the former Des Moines Public Library to the Norman
E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates.