Daniel Hillel awarded World Food Prize
October 19, 2012 | 11:11 PM
Dr. Daniel Hillel, center, receives the World Food Price from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, and World Food Prize Chairman John Ruan III. (World Food Prize)
The World Food Prize was presented in Des Moines Thursday evening to Israeli scientist Daniel Hillel of Israel, who pioneered innovative ways of bringing water to crops in arid and dryland regions.
Hillel's methods have been promoted throughout the world by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was present at the laureate ceremony a which Hillel received a check for $250,000.
The World Food Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize, to honor individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world.