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Central College Hosts Lawrence Haddad for World Food Prize Laureate Lecture

Featured: Central College Hosts Lawrence Haddad for World Food Prize Laureate Lecture

October 23, 2023

Lawrence Haddad, executive director at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, will present the annual World Food Prize Laureate Lecture at Central College. The World Food Prize Laureate Lecture will be at noon, Thursday, Oct. 26, in Van Emmerik Studio, Maytag Student Center on Central’s campus.

The World Food Prize Laureate Lecture Series brings the innovative discussions of the Norman E. Borlaug International Dialogue to Iowa’s educational communities and the public to include citizens, students, teachers and community leaders in a vibrant exchange of ideas and information. The World Food Prize collaboration with Iowa’s educational institutions and businesses builds public awareness of prominent issues of agriculture, agribusiness, food, nutrition and health within the state.

Haddad is widely known for his relentless research in food policy. He received the 2018 World Food Prize for his global leadership in raising the issue of maternal and child undernutrition to take precedence at national and international levels. His work using both economic and medical research successfully convinced development leaders to recognize child nutrition as an urgent priority in the global food security agenda.

Haddad has served as GAIN’s executive director since October 2016. He completed his Ph.D. in food research at Stanford University.

Formerly, Haddad was the founding co-chair and lead author of the Global Nutrition Report, the director of the Institute of Development Studies— the world’s leading development studies institute, and research director at the International Food Policy Research Institute. He also was the U.K.’s representative on the steering committee of the High-Level Panel of Experts of the U.N.’s Committee on Food Security from 2009-2010.

The World Food Prize is an international award that recognizes and rewards individuals who address food security by improving quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Central College has been a proud partner in this mission, hosting the lecture for years in conjunction with the World Food Prize Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

Central’s World Food Prize Lecture will be recorded and available on the Central Dutch Network.