Notable 2011 World Food Prize Quotes

Posted by on October 21st, 2011 | 0 Comments »

In case you missed it, below is a sample of notable quotes from this year’s World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa.


“Africa has the greatest challenge of food security today but Africa also has the potential not only to feed itself but also the world tomorrow, which is why the United States’ campaign for addressing extreme hunger and poverty in Africa is the way for the future.”

—Dr. Namanga Ngongi, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)


“I accept this high honor in humility and dedicate it first to the people of Ghana, who gave me the opportunity to serve them as President for eight years during which period we chalked the successes that today has been acknowledged worldwide.”

—Former Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor, Joint Winner of the 2011 World Food Prize


“At the end of the day, no one country, company, government or foundation can meet the global food security challenge alone. We have to work together through public-private collaborations and through a harmonized, science-based regulatory system to ensure farmers and consumers can benefit from new technologies.”

—Ellen Kullman, Chair and CEO, DuPont 


“We placed fighting food insecurity as the top priority of the government and we developed a public policy to fight this war.”

—Former President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Joint Winner of the 2011 World Food Prize


“Among the biggest limitations to the future success of farmers in meeting global food demands will be attracting the leaders of tomorrow to agriculture today; future agronomists, biologists, business people, chemists, plant breeders and policy makers. Men and women that can envision, enable and empower a global agricultural community dedicated to helping farmers succeed, regardless of their size, to produce enough food, feed, fiber and energy to sustain the projected 9 billion people that will inhabit our planet by 2050.”

—Hugh Grant, Chairman and President, Monsanto Company


“Earlier today, the Global Harvest Initiative released a report highlighting the challenge of feeding the 9 billion people who are expected to inhabit the earth by 2050. This is a challenge that will require not only public sector action but also private sector investment.”

—Richard Leach, President and CEO, World Food Program USA



The Global Harvest Initiative released its second annual GAP Report at this year’s World Food Prize.  The GAP Report, press release, and video of the GAP Report announcement can be found here.




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