The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

October 16, 2012

World Food Prize lecture today in Oskaloosa

OSKALOOSA — William Penn University will once again host a World Food Prize lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 11:15 a.m., in the George Daily Auditorium.

This year, the university welcomes guest speaker, Dr. Pamela Anderson, Director General of the International Potato Center.

Anderson has been Director General of the International Potato Center since May of 2005. Her previous experience includes serving as the Deputy Director General of Research and as a Senior Entomologist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture. She has worked in Latin America for over 30 years and spent two decades working with national agricultural research systems before joining the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. A leading expert on emerging plant diseases, Anderson has also conducted research in agricultural entomology and plant virus epidemiology related to food security and income generation for populations with poor resources.

The International Potato Center was founded in 1971 as a root and tuber research-for-development institution aimed at solving world issues such as hunger and poverty. The organization’s headquarters are located in Peru with offices in 30 developing countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The Center seeks to achieve food security through research, innovation in science and technology, and capacity strengthening regarding root and tuber farming and food systems.

Since 1986, The World Food Prize has been the leading international award to recognize outstanding individuals who have made staggering contributions to improve the quality, quantity, or availability of food throughout the world. It recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply including food and agricultural science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences.

The World Food Prize emphasizes the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people. It is sponsored by businessman and philanthropist John Ruan. The World Food Prize was originally envisioned by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in world agriculture. Beyond recognizing these recipients for their personal accomplishments, Borlaug saw the World Food Prize as a means of establishing role models who would inspire others.

William Penn University invites you to welcome Dr. Pamela Anderson at the World Food Prize lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 11:15 a.m. in the George Daily Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

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