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ACES students attend World Food Prize Conference
Tom Poole, sophomore in the crop sciences, shares about his experience at the World Food Prize Conference
“Food is a moral right.” - Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and World Food Prize Founder
From October 14 to 17, Angelica Lee (FSHN), Charles Herrera (ABE), and I participated in the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa. This an annual conference in which agricultural leaders from all over the world come together to focus on global food security. The main event is an honorary recognition of a global leader dedicated to fighting world hunger. This year’s World Food Prize Laurate was Sir Fazle Hasan Abed from Bangladesh. Abed is a Bangladeshi social worker and founder of BRAC, one of the most successful development organizations aimed at alleviating poverty.
Angelica, Charles, and I were able to attend the World Food Prize through our internship with the USDA Wallace –Carver fellowship program the previous summer. We also had the opportunity of acting as group leaders for the Global Youth Institute. This is a program within the World Food Prize in which domestic and international high school students learn about global food security and how they can make a difference in the world. We met several well-known public figures, such as Chelsea Clinton and Sheryl WuDunn. Attending the conference was an unforgettable experience that was very inspiring. I am further motivated to pursue a career working in international agronomy to improve global food security!
Charles Herrera (ABE), Angelica Lee (FSHN), and Tom Poole (CPSC) at the World Food Prize Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.
USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship recipients at the World Food Prize Conference.