World Food Prize Foundation COVID-19 Statement: Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates

Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, effective immediately, The Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates will discontinue public tours and will close the facility to the public until at least April 15. The health and safety of Hall of Laureates visitors, staff and volunteers is a top priority. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, we will carefully monitor and follow national, state and city restrictions and recommendations, announcing a date to reopen as soon as prudent. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


We understand the important benefit of this facility to our community, and are eager to provide educational resources to the many who were scheduled to visit the Hall of Laureates during this time.  We invite the public to explore the Hall of Laureates’ online resources by viewing the videos below or by visiting our website at

About the World Food Prize Foundation

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Tour with Former Foundation President, Ambassador Kenneth Quinn

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Iowa Gallery Tour - By the Paintings - With Former Foundation President, Ambassador Kenneth Quinn

We strongly encourage everyone to follow guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the local health department. Up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website and the Iowa Department of Public Health website.

Please check back frequently on our website, as we will continue to post developments related directly to our programs - 

ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE: The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, the World Food Prize has honored 49 outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions throughout the world. The World Food Prize annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium and a variety of youth education programs to help further the discussion on cutting-edge global food security issues and inspire the next generation to end hunger.

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