2013 World Food Prize winners announced

At the 2013 World Food Prize Announcement Ceremony held at the U.S. State Department, three distinguished scientists — Marc Van Montagu of Belgium, and Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert T. Fraley of the United States — were today named the winners of the 2013 World Food Prize during a ceremony at the U.S. State Department, where Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the keynote address.

Marc Van Montagu, is Founder and Chairman of the Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach at Ghent University in Belgium; Mary-Dell Chilton, is Founder and Distinguished Fellow of Syngenta Biotechnology; and Robert T. Fraley, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Monsanto. They be formally awarded the World Food Prize at the 27th Annual Laureate Award Ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol on October 17, in conjunction with the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, focused this year on “The Next Borlaug Century: Biotechnology, Sustainability and Climate Volatility.” Also in October, the World Food Prize Foundation will begin the yearlong Borlaug Centennial Observance, honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Norman Borlaug, founder of the World Food Prize and known as the “Father of the Green Revolution.”

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