IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION
Iowa Public Television to Broadcast World Food Prize Ceremony Live Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m.
(Johnston, Iowa) -- Iowa Public Television will provide coverage of the 2012 annual World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony, honoring Dr. Daniel Hillel, live from the Iowa Capitol Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. This year's coverage will be hosted by Charity Nebbe.
This year's award honors Hillel for his role in conceiving and implementing a radically new mode of bringing water to crops in arid and dry land regions - known as "micro-irrigation."
Dr. Hillel's pioneering scientific work in Israel revolutionized food production, first in the Middle East, and then in other regions around the world over the past five decades. His work laid the foundation for maximizing efficient water usage in agriculture, increasing crop yields, and minimizing environmental degradation. His achievements have been and will continue to be essential to extending the Green Revolution and confronting the many global challenges in fighting hunger and poverty into the next century.
The World Food Prize was founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Iowan Norman Borlaug. After winning the Nobel Prize in 1970 for his achievements in agricultural research, Borlaug envisioned a separate international award to recognize those who have made significant contributions to improve the world's food supply.
For more information about Iowa Public Television's statewide broadcast of the ceremony call 515-242-3146.
(CONTACT: Jennifer Glover Konfrst, Communications Manager, Iowa Public Television, 515-242-3146 – Desk, 515-238-9297 – Mobile, Jennifer@iptv.org)