WFP LAUREATES RECEIVE AWARDS AND TROPHY
On last October 19 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA, the World Food Prize - WFP trophy was awarded to the agronomists Alysson Paolinelli, Edson Lobato and Colin McClung, in appreciation for their participation in the recovery of the poor lands of the Brazilian “cerrado” and its respective impact on the world food production.
The solemn ceremony, held at the Capitol, a grand palace of the 19th century, seat of the State"s Senate, House and Government, had the presence of directors of the WFP Foundation, State authorities, previous and recent laureates, and the participants of the symposium that was being held at the occasion.
After music numbers, including from Brazilian artists, the authorities, the former awardees, the new laureates and the idealizer of the prize Dr. Norman Borlaug paraded through the central aisle under standing ovation. After that theVice-Governor proclaimed the laureates, and the President of the WFP Foundation presented the $ 250,000 shared prize and delivered trophies in the form a sculpture by a renowned artist. Then the laureates addressed the audience.
The celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Prize was completed with a festive banquet at the entrance hall, under the rotunda, with the presence of the laureates, their families and friends. The Brazilian group was comprised by about 30 people, among which the former Minister of Agriculture and Supply agronomist Roberto Rodrigues, representing the actual Minister, the President of Embrapa, Sílvio Crestana, and the Agrisus Foundation was represented by its President Fernando Cardoso and three members of the Board of Trustees.
In the next day, in continuation of the symposium on “The Green Revolution Redux”, the President of Embrapa delivered a speech during lunch, and in the afternoon session the three laureates presented their ideas and answered questions asked by the audience.
Local newspapers and television provided ample coverage of the event, and the audio transcripts of the symposium are available at “www.worldfoodprize.org”.